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Famous Painting Study #4: The Cool-Warm Palette of a Degas Painting

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Welcome to famous painting number 4, where we’ll be studying Edgar Degas’ L’Absinthe. Artist William “Bill” Dunn focuses on capturing the subtle shadows of this Degas painting with a cool-warm color palette. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Study:

  • Reference picture of Degas’ L’Absinthe
  • A block of Hahnemühle’s Cornwall cold press watercolor paper (210lb, size 9.4″ x 12.6″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.9mm lead size with 2B lead
  • ½” Artist’s or masking tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • A spray bottle with clean water
  • Staedtler Mars Plastic eraser

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Naples Yellow
  • Gamboge Nova
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Brilliant Pink
  • Olive Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black
  • Jaune Brilliant No. 1
  • Umber
  • Ultramarine
  • Pyrrole Red

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolors

  • Chromium Green Oxide

Holbein Artists’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Princeton Snap! SH Gold Taklon Round brush (no. 4 or 6)
  • Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series 303: Short handle lettering/rigger brush (no. 1)