Sunday, May 29, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 21

Watercolor - 15x20

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend and enjoying time with friends and family.

The Creative Challenge this week is to paint using only the three primary colors- red, yellow and blue. The standard, purely transparent primaries in watercolor paints are Rose Madder, Auerolin Yellow and Cobalt Blue. You can, of course, use any three primary color combinations that you want.

For Autumn Day I used Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow. Any of the Cadmium colors are always a little bit more opaque so you have to be careful that you don't get too heavy with them.

I began this painting by wetting the paper and pouring the colors on, tilting the paper to let the colors flow and mix on their own. Shades of green and orange appeared and after everything dried I came back in with a brush and added the details on the barn, the darks in the background to pull out the trees and negative painted around the flowers in the foreground. Mixing all the primaries together will give you a nice, dark color for your shading.

Technically you are suppose to be able to mix any color you want using only the primaries but since we don't use a white in watercolor we are somewhat limited. You won't be able to get any pinks like Opera of some of the new Quinacridone colors that are available now but it is a fun challenge and good practice to use a simplified color palette.

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