Thursday, 8 March 2012

Anna Pugh & Watercolour Painting

Anna Pugh was born in 1938 and is now one of the leading British folk artists. Her paintings and limited edition prints are in the collections of many British and European art collectors. Anna Pugh prints have also proved very popular with many American art collectors, who have a long tradition of appreciating Anna's style of art. The result is that demand from art collectors outstrips supply. My art classes used some of her images for inspiration this week using water colour paints.
watercolour information

Mixing Water Colours

The ability to mix a desired colour is enhanced by experimentation. Trial and error is the best approach. Here are some tips to help you on the way. We all know that a mix of blue and yellow make green, but, some mixes are a little more cryptic. You have to try these mixes out for yourself and there will still be a bit of variation in the results. Remember, when you add water (tinting) you are lightening the final colour. All mixes below are about fifty-fifty.
Ultramarine and  Cadmium Red = A Brown Violet
Cobalt Blue and Crimson = Violet
Yellow Ochre and Cadmium Red= Orange
Yellow Ochre and Crimson=Red Terracotta
Yellow Ochre and Crimson (tinted)=White Skin Tone
You might add a little Viridian here to cool the skin
The three primary colours(Crimson/cool Yellow/warm Blue) can be mixed for white skin tones too.
Crimson and Viridian=Black
Be careful to keep the pigments as thick and undiluted as possible. Too much water gives you a grey

 Viridian and Cobalt Blue=Turquoise

 Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna (well tinted)=grey

With curiosity and patience you will discover other useful combinations and tinting changes colours. Remember Indigo and Burnt Umber make Green.


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