"Allow one color, or just a couple of analogous colors, to dominate the mood of the painting; and let the others fulfill a supporting role." ~Zoltan Szabo
©Peony Blossom - Watercolour Painting In Progress
Artist Laura Leeder
Spurred on by your words of encouragement and my own desire to complete this challenge, I've continued to develop the flower and background. As the painting progresses, I will probably add some abstract leaf patterns, for now, I will focus on the flower.
Up to this point I have used mostly yellows on the peony petals with only a hint of pinks and blues. I think I am close to establishing the depth or value range of yellow that I'm looking for, so, its time to start adding in some glazes of red and blue hues to help define the petals. *This next step is where I start getting anxious as I am really out of my comfort zone.
Still....I've come this far, can't stop now...
This is where a color charts come in handy.
Here is an example of my Yellow Chart:
I have created five of these color charts.
-They are on my best watercolour paper!
*this is 300lb Arches Cold Pressed
-The size is 11'x7.5" and each square is 1"
*This size allows for a quick visual of my colors
and is small enough to transport.
Each time I try a new color I add it to the appropriate
(I also have larger color charts with 2" squares)
©Yellow Color Chart, Laura Leeder (front)
I start with pure color from the tube and drag it
across the paper to give me an idea of the full
value range of each hue.
By studying these charts before I start adding paint to paper, I can plan my color choices and the order that I glaze them onto the paper.
I play/experiment with my colors often. The more that we know and understand our colors and how they react with each other, the better our chances of success with each painting. When those mistakes occur (and they will) we will have a better chance of knowing how to turn them into happy accidents!
If you've not taken the time to play/experiment with your colors in this way, I encourage you to try it. You won't be disappointed!
©Yellow Color Chart, Laura Leeder (back)
Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC