Day 8th : Opaque Triad for The Little House at Saint Cado
Well, here we are ... the opaque ones. I use opaque only at the last touch because I prefer to keep the brightness in my watercolors. The opaques almost never serve me in mixtures, because it quickly gets chalky colors, dull or even muddy.
Therefore, and to better control my colors in the mixture, I decided to add a table of mixtures. I first drop the weakest color and add little by little touches of the second color. And to better appreciate the neutrals, to see black, I also made a table of mixtures of the 3 colors to see how they behave and whether they neutralize each other. I decided to do this exercise for all the paintings of the upcoming challenge.
I strongly advise you to do the same if you want to venture with paintings that are not very familiar to you.
But now back to this opaque triad ... To make this triad I used colors from Isaro, watercolors made in Belgium by the artist of the color Isabelle Roelofs.
The Colors I Used Are :
- Yellow Ochre : PY42
- English Red : PR101
- Cerulean Blue : PB36
It is clear that the greens are dully ranging from a neutralized turquoise to an olive yellowish green.
Purples are also absent in the mixture of blue and red. We can see that we get toned down and darker blues and then we get almost neutrals, and this with only these two colors.
As for the mixtures of the three shades, it requires little yellow. We obtain variants of shades, we obtain shades of dark brown or slate gray, but not deep black. This is due to the low value of the cerulean blue, because if the mixture of red English with a blue, green-shade, Phthalo blue or Prussian blue, we get very dark and dark tones.
And now to our little watercolor of the day.
As I can not get purple or purple, I preferred to sketch with a gray mix, made with the 3 colors. I used a coach of Escoda Prado N ° 2 of the box Fabio Cembranelli. For the challenge, it is forbidden to use a drawing done in pencil, either under-painted or drawn with watercolors.
As a subject, I used the landscape of the little house, on the Ria d'Etel in Saint Cado in the Morbihan, South Brittany.
This is one of the most visited places by tourists and by strolling, one can meet many painters, who exhibit and offer their works for sale.
Normally I paint quite intuitive and I do not like to detail, too schooly in my opinion. I do not like this style of painting, which makes me think too much of the postcard. I find this watercolor too detailed and the choice of colors does not suit me, but I think that many others would love it.
I have for this watercolor tried not to mix my colors too much, because I was afraid to create too muddy colors. As a result, there are fewer contrasts. I think in the wet the results would be more interesting
And here is the study finished ...
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OK, is the weekend, and it's rest and family. I will be back next Tuesday with other triads and achievements for the challenge.
Seee you soon