I am honored to have been asked by the Annapolis Watercolor Club to be the demonstrator at their meeting in September. I’m going to show one of my favorite ways of playing with color, Imaginative Color. I usually use three transparent pigments; for this picture I chose new gamboge (a yellow), quinacridone magenta, and cobalt blue. I started from a sketch I did one morning when my friend and I were drawing and painting at one of the local beaches.

Pencil sketch done on location

After making a preliminary sketch on watercolor paper, I wet the paper except for those areas I wanted to stay white and added the first layer, a light-value wash using all three colors.

Initial wash

After the paint dried completely, I added a middle-value wash and let that dry completely.

Middle-value wash

Darks are the last layer. I’m still liking the pattern of lights and darks, but I think I can do a better job on making the colors interesting, especially if I paint it bigger. But that’s a job for another day.

Intrepid Artist, watercolor, 7” x 5”