Color theory is a main focus in Kathy Delumpa Allegri's Winter 2016 Watercolor session. In the second class, we practiced Color Harmony and Color Mixing.
I was so proud of myself. The night before class, I mixed all my secondary colors (Orange, Violet & Green) using three primaries (Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Blue & Quinacridone Rose). I made the mixes nice and juicy, figuring they would solidify overnight. Except they didn't.
No problem, I thought. I'll just lay them flat in the case and be careful. Only I forgot and when I got to the studio, I pulled my case out of the car by one corner, and started heaving it into class. I remembered a moment later, but.... well, you can see what happened.
For my last painting, I was aiming for a *semi-triad of Violet, Yellow-Orange and Blue-Green. My colors got muddy very quickly. I was using mixes I had made, so I think my mixes were off, thus making the semi-triad not so much a triad.
*With a semi-triad, you shift over two positions on the color wheel for two of your colors. Starting with Violet: for a secondary triad, I would choose Orange and Green. Since I want a semi-triad, I moved two colors to the right from Orange to get Yellow Orange. Instead of Green, I go to the right and choose Blue-Green.
All of these paintings were done using a mix of Qor, Daniel Smith and M Graham paints. I used a 3/4 inch Silver Black Velvet Oval Cat's Eye brush on Shizen Hot Press watercolor paper.
Shizen watercolor paper is a handmade rag paper from Nepal. It has an interesting texture, and it's very easy to lift color. It comes in both a professional and a student grade, as well as in a rough (cold-press) and smooth (hot-press) surface. I always use the professional grade, and the smooth version here. And even though it's the smooth version, it is still pretty rough.