In this class we started painting white objects in a warm light. In other watercolor classes, I have been encouraged to leave a white object as the white of the paper, but Impressionists want to capture the effect of the light. A warm light will turn a white object slightly yellow, orange, or pink. Cool light will produce cooler tones in the light areas.

White Pitcher and Apples (#1), watercolor 5" x 7"

White Pitcher and Apples (#1), watercolor 5″ x 7″


We were encouraged to paint a strong statement of the light area, and then to make the other values dark enough so that the white area appears white and warm. I think I went too strongly on the light area, but this one looks better than my second attempt.
White pitcher and Apples #2, watercolor 9" x 12"

White pitcher and Apples #2, watercolor 9″ x 12″


I hadn’t finished this one in class so I completed it at home, but I didn’t achieve the impression of warm light, especially on the tablecloth.