Friday, April 27, 2007


Lidzey Exercise 1
I'm working in John Lidzey's book, "Watercolour Workshop" and this is the first exercise. This was a "tonal" study and the first still life was done with French Ultramarine and Yellow Ochre. Great fun mixing and I was amazed at the variety of color and tone those two pigments gave me. The instruction for the second was to do the same still life, but with color. I decided to stick with the FrUm and YO and just added Cadmium Red. Isn't it amazing what just one more pigment can do? The coffee pot is straight FrUM, the apple is CR with just a teeny bit of YO and the shading has just a bit of FrUM. The background is pretty apparent, it is YO with a bit of CR. I used mask (spatter method) for the white spots on the pot. The first was done on Raffine, my first experience with that sketchbook and I really liked it - thanks Lin!! The second was done on Cotman watercolor - not my fav watercolor paper, but is the one I grabbed and it was the right size for scanning two books side-by-side.
The Lidzey book is going to be great fun! It has exercises AND projects. Rather that having a finished work to try to copy, as in the John Pike book I just finished working through, this book tells what type of subject and I'll pick my own reference. These subjects can be plein air or photo reference.

7 comments:

caseytoussaint said...

Brenda - it's really great the way you are sticking to this- you are going to know everything about watercolor soon! Lovely work, and it's so interesting to follow you through your projects. I hope your remodeling is going well, too!

Linda said...

Brenda -- I never thought to use French Ultramarine and Yellow Ochre together -- that makes a nice soft grey! (I usually use Burnt Sienna with the FrU) The addition of one extra color is amazing.
Most people (myself included!) buy books and read or skim the lessons, look at the pictures, and put the book away to browse through at a later date. GOOD FOR YOU for working through the exercises! I never made any progress in watercolor until I did that with Jeanne Dobie's book. Hmmm... probably should do it again! :-D

Teri C said...

These 'exercises' are great Brenda! You are so good at doing them and we get to learn in the process. Thanks

Africantapestry said...

Great work Brenda. I love the coffee pot! the texture and color is exactly how they look and you have added lovely hightlights! Very nice this...
Ronell

Karen said...

Brenda, get yourself some good Fabriano or Arches paper - you're ready for it and it will give you so much pleasure working on it.

Keep up the good work!

Karen
http://www.karensblog.com

Emma Pod said...

Hi Brenda, I "tagged" you in my blog post tonight. I just finished mine....we are supposed to tell 7 things that others may not know about us and then tag others. If you've already done this, just let me know and I'll tag someone else.
take care, Mary

Lin said...

You've been tagged ... see here for how: http://viewfromtheoak.blogspot.com