"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." Rex Brandt
Watercolor is an amazing medium—once mixed with water, it takes on all the properties of that element. Water responds to the laws of gravity and evaporation; exploiting those laws is the basis for many different watercolor techniques.
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Talented watercolor artist Ronald Pratt started painting while he was in college studying architecture. "I was looking for an elective class in art that would help me improve my presentation skills in architecture," says Ronald. There was an opening in a beginning watercolor class, so he signed up. "I liked the beauty of a good watercolor painting and the challenge it presented when I discovered it was much harder than it looked. Never in my wildest dreams at that time did I imagine 35 years later it would be my profession." After finishing school, Ronald only painted in the evenings and on weekends as a hobby. Eventually, he left architecture to paint fulltime.
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"What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike
The Color Mix
We are all affected by color, regardless of whether we realize it. Studies show that color schemes make us feel certain ways. Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and light green, are exciting and energetic. Cool colors, such as dark green, blue, and purple are calming and soothing. Use these color schemes as tools to express the mood of the painting. In fact, you'll find that you don't even need a subject in your painting to communicate a particular feeling; the abstract works below demonstrate how color is powerful enough to stand on its own.
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Mixing palettes are surfaces for preparing and mixing paints. They come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and sizes. The palette you choose depends on your medium and personal preferences. Below are the most readily available palettes for painters.
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