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Category - Watercolor

Watercolor Painting Techniques

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Contrast of Temperature

There are several ways to emphasize the focal point or focal area in your painting. This key discovery shows you how to use contrast of temperature to focus the eye. In this painting the flower head, which is the focal...

Notan Design

The impact a painting has on the viewer often does not depend on how much detail you put in, but on how much you simplify the scene in front of you. This painting is a good example of that principle. In this article I...

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Gradations And Edge Notans Assignment

Here is an assignment from one of our more advanced lessons in Workshop J, submitted by Luz. The assignment is designed to help you understand an important aspect of notan: gradations. Comment from Luz: I found this...

Secondary Color Harmony

What is Color Harmony? Much of the pleasure from viewing a painting is derived to a large extent from the harmony of colors used in it. Creating this harmony is the key to beautiful color work and a major part of the...

Space Division- Interlocking Shapes

What are Interlocking Shapes? Space division in a painting is more interesting when you create two shapes that interlock, as in a puzzle or jigsaw puzzle. Example You can see the negative sky shape formed by the top...

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Three Components of Color: Hue, Value, and Saturation

The 3 Key Components of Color: Hue, Value, and Saturation Understanding hue, value, and saturation is critical for creating beautiful color harmonies. These are the basic three key characteristics of color. Hue Hue is...

Creating Color Maps

Why Create a Color Map? There is one technique that will help you learn more about a color in a few months than many people learn in a lifetime. Not only will it help you learn color but it will help you come up with a...