Wet-on-wet Watercolour 4, Finishing Complimentaries, Blends, & Large and Small Figures

In my last post I showed how Anusha and I explored the complimentary contrasting colours. This last painting used all of the primary colours and their complimentaries. Anusha chose the main colours she wanted to use (out of carmine red, vermillion, lemon yellow, golden yellow, ultramarine blue, and prussian blue), and then surrounded each with it’s complimentary colour.


We then moved on and revisited blends. We worked more on trying to achieve a smooth transition between the two primary colours, here carmine red and ultramarine blue.


Here using lemon yellow and ultramarine blue.


And here using lemon yellow and vermillion.


We then created this page incorporating all the blends. Firstlly we folded our page into thirds and then painted the blends on each panel using prussian blue and lemon yellow, vermillion and lemon yellow, and carmine red and ultramarine blue. We tried to avoid the colours from spreading between the three panels. We also talked about the contrasting coldness and warmth between the neighbouring sections.


Recently we did the following paintings using small and large figures. In this one the smaller, contracted carmine red is surrounded by the serious ultramarine blue, and the red gives the blue a beautiful cape. Both colours lightly surround each other and the contained red is cheered by a small amount of golden yellow. Along the ground the blue and red blend together.


In this painting the larger ultramarine blue grabs hold of golden yellow. Each colour then lightly surrounds each other and blends to form the ground or in Anusha’s painting it became a tree! Carmine red adds some depth to the yellow and also transforms the blue.


We have now nearly completed the grade one painting lessons in Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools and will soon be continuing with the grade two lessons. After our lesson the other day Anusha completed a lovely painting on dry paper,

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I love the bright cheeriness of her picture.


I thought I would also include here a painting that we completed as an activity for the Aesop fable, ‘The Fox and the Grapes’. This was a lesson taken from grade 2 and is told as a colour story. I told Anusha we were not concentrating on the forms in this painting but the relationship of the colours. She is often quite particular about the detail and forms of her drawing and painting, but I think approaching this as a colour story was really beneficial and fun to discover what was arising from the ‘greedy red’ and ‘green dots’.


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