Today’s warmup exercise:
Graded washes have a real application in watercolors. Today I practiced with the ‘gray’ mixture I concocted in my first (published) warmup exercise (Scales). Instead of gray, it is purplish.
After I painted the first graded wash (that deposits more pigment at the top of the picture) in the small sections of my chart, I let them dry. Then I began another wash partway down the paper, again laying down more pigment along the first brush stroke. My lesson book, the Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend suggested that the second wash should be a silhouette of a mountain range. I repeated the process with another ‘mountain range’ in the foreground.
In the top right panel, before applying the second mountain range, I dripped a bit of water and blotted it up, taking away some pigment in the process. This led to the perception of clouds in the valley.