Warmup – Moon Reflections

I really want to move on from reflections but, being somewhat compulsive, I must complete the course of my study in the Tate Watercolor Manual.*  The next exercise again relies on preservation of white. In watercolor, the brightest tone possible is the unpainted surface of the paper.

Today’s warmup exercise:

I used neutral tint, a warmish gray tone, to paint around a small blank circle, intended to represent a full moon. I washed the rest of the top area of the drawing with neutral tint resulting in a gray field with a blank circular opening. In the first two panels, the region beneath the sky is supposed to be snow. It is shaded with Payne’s gray, a cooler gray than neutral tint.

The bottom two panels are another attempt to represent reflection in water. I am still not satisfied with the result, but every little bit of practice helps.

Watercolor Chart: Warmup Reflection Studies

Moon Reflections


Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend

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