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Watercolour Rose by ashkara2001 Watercolour Rose by ashkara2001
Watercolour 8 x 12 inches

The pallette for this composition consisted of

Alzarine Crimson by Pebeo
Primary Lemon Yellow by Pebeo
Phythalo Blue by Mont Marte

This painting is a submission for the #watercolorists AquaProject for painting with 3 colors
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This came out very nice. What were some things you learned while mixing the paints? I'm sure the other members would be curious to know. :D
ashkara2001 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I actually learned more from the paintings I feel failed rather than the ones like this that worked tonally. To look at a piece I consider to have NOT worked with this pallette, go here.

I'm very new with watercolours, and learning them by experimentation and books rather than classes, so some of this may be obvious to people with more experience. Some of this may also be down to the quality (or lack thereof) of my paints, most of which are student paints.

I've found the blue I'm using to be overpowering. A little goes a very long way. I found that mixing browns was difficult, because the blue tended to overpower everything and turn it grey. Instead I moved towards using orange and purple in conjunction with each other, which seemed to work very well and gave me an illusion of browns.

The appearance of the alizarine crimson, once dry, is almost grainy. Areas with a large proportion of red, when compared with areas without large proportions of red, can be seen as a distinct textural contrast, because the yellow and the blue I'm using don't appear to precipitate as much.

Other than that, I'll have to have a think. It's difficult to express things you learn by feel.
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh thank you! I love reading artist's feedback.

oh yes, phthalo blue is a very powerful color, you have to be careful in mixes with it. But, the brightness of the color keeps me coming back to it.

Yes, some colors have different textures to them as they dry. I think (not sure) you're describing granulation of the paint. Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber are other colors that have a high granulation when they dry. Some artists love this quality others not so much. It just depends.

That is fantastic. :-) I think, the feelings you've learned while painting will appear with more works :nod:
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March 12, 2010
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Mar 12, 2010, 9:31:39 PM