“With this selection of paints, I can achieve any colour I wish. I use Cobalt Turquoise with Hansa Yellow Light and small additions of other colours to make my greens. I also use the turquoise to dull other colours—making them not so bright—and it is great for cool grays and dark shadows, especially when added to violets or Moonglow.”
How Good Materials Are Essential
When painting in watercolors, you should be comfortable, ergonomically organized, and use the best equipment you can afford. When we look at a beautiful painting, it is easy to lose ourselves in its emotional and aesthetic content. It’s also easy to forget that the painting requires the correct use of the appropriate materials and equipment in order to achieve the finished result. Our first lesson, then, is that it is impossible to convey mood, or anything at all for that matter, if you’re handicapped by your materials. Using the incorrect materials will interfere with the way you’re trying to convey your message. Ultimately, the brush marks you leave on the paper are the visual language you use to tell the story to the viewer. If you’re unable to make the correct marks, you will forever struggle with the language rather than effectively tell the story.
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