This seems to be quite a novel way of learning watercolours – taking each blue and discovering the what, why and how of it.
So, what did we learn? Cobalt blue: semi-opaque, warm, makes good greys, Mediterranean skies, interesting greens, granulates – and mine doesn’t seems to mix in that well – tried a different make that was a better mixer … quite a ‘blue’ blue doesn’t seem to lean one way or another.
My painting from class today is ‘stones’ – made using raw sienna, cobalt blue and light red. My first painting, of a mediterranean scene was not so good – the stones I felt more at home with!
My tutor was ‘told off’ for taking these stones from the beach… a shingle beach, miles long (see picture).
Apparently the choice of blue for a painting should come first.
Next week a colour I have never tried!