Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Orangery

The Orangery
Before lunch on Thursday, I managed to start this sketch of The Orangery, in Kensington Gardens.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Sarah said...

I love this, the intense colours. That is one thing I'm struggling with. I can't seem to make my colours vibrant or dark - they always come out wishy washy and well, watery. :-)

3/23/2009 7:35 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Sarah, I usually try to rub the pan until the paint is creamy and saturated, but also you must use artists quality watercolours - products like Cotman are not going to get that depth of colour. Also I'm not averse to a little photoshop trickery (unless I'm trying to sell a piece) to saturate the colours more.

3/23/2009 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Julie, thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge - I appreciate how precious time is (and I've only 3 children and not even a proper job...)
One last question if you get a mo'
- after your comment about using artist quality paint I'm going to spend my birthday money on some - what basic colours would you recommend to start? (I suppose I already suspected borrowing my 11yr olds WHSmith set wouldn't get the best results! Ha ha!!)

3/23/2009 12:30 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

The very best detailed information about all aspects of watercolour painting can be found here http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html

He has some suggested pallettes, which are very good.I can never remember the names of the colours I have in my set.

3/23/2009 12:50 PM  

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