Watercolor value studies and edge control

Watercolor value studies and edge control - student project

Thank you Rachael for this second 'back to basics' watercolor class. I thought the value exercises were interesting, I have done a lot of washes previously, and usually for glazes I only do one or two, not 6! I have a hard time with waiting, so I guess the washes are more my thing! The 'steps' were new to me. Then, I loved playing with the soft and hard edges.

Watercolor value studies and edge control - image 1 - student project

I did not care for the 'foggy forest' exercise, as I had to wait between layers, and I made it look a bit too 'regular' so I find the result quite boring! 

Watercolor value studies and edge control - image 2 - student project

I really liked the apple exercise, I found it especially satisfying when it 'comes to life' at the end! 

Watercolor value studies and edge control - image 3 - student project

And painting the rose was a bit frustrating for me, as there are so many petals and lines and curves, that I had a hard time seeing which part of the drawing corresponded to what in the reference picture. So I am sure I made a lot of mistakes in the shading and values, but I like the end result. It may have to do with the slight yellow glaze, I really like that touch! And the background makes it pop out of the picture too. 

Watercolor value studies and edge control - image 4 - student project

 

Claude C
Acrylics and watercolor artist