Secrets to a Successful Monochromatic Painting

November 4, 2018

WHAT IS A MONOCHROMATIC STUDY?

MONOCHROMATIC refers to a color scheme that is made up of one color in a variety of values and even tones of that same color.  As an example – if you add white to red – you will get a variety of pinks.   If you add black to red – you will get a variety of darker versions of red.  In watercolor – we usually don’t use white or black when painting – but rather take one color and dilute it with water.  This creates a variety of values of that same color.   However, that being said, you can also add a neutral tint to a color, and create a variety of colors starting from a vibrant color to a very muddy brown.  This also is considered a monotone study – since it is taking one color and breaking it down into many tones.

DOING LESS TO ACCOMPLISH MORE…

So why study Monochromatic? Sometimes you need to do less in order to accomplish more… That’s kind of what my break from YouTube has been about for me.  It’s been learning to take a step back, cherish the little things, not get so sucked into the rush of life.  

I’ve also been taking some time to understand why I feel in love with watercolor in the first place.

Secrets to a Successful…Monochromatic Study

That’s why I feel like it’s so fitting for me to talk about Monochromatic Studies this week.  Basically, by removing the element of color – you really have to break down your overall concept and approach to painting.    So here’s what learned by doing my own study…

1. YOU HAVE TO STRETCH YOUR PAPER…

2. YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE A GOOD OVERALL CONCEPT/COMPOSITION…

3. STUDY YOUR PAINTS’ STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES…

 

And that’s it for this post!  Talk to you soon and keep painting!

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