Exploring the 'character' of trees - Watercolor

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ehsmith1 wrote
on 7 Jan 2009 11:54 AM

Our Open Studio group had a workshop about two or three years ago given by ( I believe) Nancy Howell (past President of Massachusetts Watercolor Society) in which she gave the following advice for GREENS.

Know your blues and yellows.

Dark to light BLUE, depending on amount of red, is

          french ultramarine,        cobalt,         cerulean, in order

Dark to light YELLOW,

         yellow ochre,          new gamboges,   lemon yellow

LIGHT GREEN__________lemon yellow, yellow ochre, cerulean

MID-VALUE GREEN______cobalt, lemon yellow

SLIGHTLY DARKER mid value G __cobalt, lemon yellow, french ultramarine

DARK GREEN__________french ultramarine, new gamboges

DARKER GREEN________french ultramarine, new gamboges, transparent oxide red

Ad violet to darker green to get branch color.

For Pines, use violet and transparent oxide red for branches.

I do not like BLACK, so I use Alizarin Crimson and Hooker's Green unless I really want a cool black.

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blondheim12 wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 6:29 PM

I've been studying trees for quite a long time. It is nice to see this thread.

linda Blondheim



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