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Watercolor Techniques Using Color & Light For Ultra-Dramatic Paintings

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Introduction to color & light watercolor techniques

Why do color and natural light matter?

  • Color is one of the painter’s strongest tools for personal interpretations of a subject and for conveying emotions or personal feelings about it;
  • Light illuminates what we see and influences our perceived colors, values, emotions, and even our sense of wellness and comfort;
  • Together, color and light model a subject matter’s volume and solidity, while strongly affecting the mood and content of a painting.

Organization

The tutorial will be divided into three parts concluding with a demonstration painting. Thereafter, you will have the opportunity to apply the principles in your own future paintings.

Objectives:

Part 1—Introduction and application of some key principles of color and natural light in painting.

Part 2—Introduction and application of some key components of illumination: 1) illuminated surfaces, 2) surfaces in shade and shadow, and 3) reflections, “light traps” and “halos”.

Part 3—Painting with Color and Light: A demonstration painting employing these principles and components of using color and light in a painting.