|USING COMPOUND COLOURS
colours are all the earth colours, browns, ochres etc.
They contain a mixture of all three primaries.
A helpful technique when working
with watercolour is to begin working with compound
colours and slowly work towards more saturated colours.
This allows for much greater control over colour harmony
and gives the more saturated colours greater impact
The colours above start as
a compound neutral tending slightly towards red and move
progressively towards a saturated cool red. The saturated
cool red lies somewhere between red and violet on the
colour wheel and contains no yellow. The compound
mixtures contain increasing amounts of yellow as they
move further away from the saturated colour.
painting was started with washes of closely related
compound colours. As the work progressed more saturated
colours were introduced. Most of the paper was covered in
the early stages of the painting allowing the neutral
colours to establish the tonal arrangement
It is important when working this
way to vary the tone and colour of the compound colours.
In this example the neutrals drift from dark to light
tone and there is a slight shift between warm and cool.
Without this variation the painting could become lifeless