Project Goal: To create a watercolor landscape that demonstrates knowledge of over (1) watercolor technique, (2) color theory and (3) Atmospheric Perspective.
Directions (Part 1):
Stretch watercolor paper.
Establish color pallet. For the first study we will use 1 primary, 1 complimentary and the color black. For the second study our color pallet will be open ended. Meaning you are free to experiment with a range of colors.
Begin your painting with the Wet on Wet technique. Establish a soft focus blurring effect of blending colors while using a flat brush. Your initial application of color should be light in value.
Allow the first application of color to fully dry. Next, glaze a new application of color over the previous. Each consecutive glaze should get darker while gradually establishing contrast.
Towards the end of the project start using your round brush for smaller details such as water ripples, tree branches, etc. The final application of color should be at its strongest range of vaule.
Glazing: Final product should demonstrate multiple applications of glazing.
Atmospheric Perspective: Final product should demonstrate a range of values/contrast to establish the illusion of space.
Overlapping Shapes: Demonstrate multiple layers of overlapping forms.
Hue/Saturation: Hue and Saturation should be greyed out in the background and gradually strengthened as forms approach the foreground.
Diminishing size: Shapes such as trees should gradually get smaller as they reach into the background.
Atmospheric-Perspective: atechnique of rendering depth or distance in painting by modifying the tone or hue and distinctness ofobjects perceived as receding from the picture plane, especially by reducing distinctive local colors andcontrasts of light and dark to a uniform light bluish-gray color.
1. Overlapping shapes 2. Objects getting smaller as they approach the background 3. Diminishing detail and color saturation