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Watercolour Painting => Watercolour Colour Mixing Questions => Topic started by: michael lemieux on January 20, 2013, 12:30:30 PM

Title: Distance color mixing
Post by: michael lemieux on January 20, 2013, 12:30:30 PM
Its me again and I hate to be a pain where we like to sit, but I want to try to better describe what I am unsure about, I understand about pushing the mountains back with sky color, so here is what i am doing.
I have three mountains on  a sunset day and the mountains are solid pine trees so I mixed a base color of sap green and Alizarin crimson and then mixed that base with Cad Yellow to get mid-tone color and more cad yellow to get high light color and then I took the mid-tone and high lite color and added sky color for the two mountains furthest away. Is this correct? Or am I to consider the time of day which is sunset  and keep the color in the darkest base and then add sky color and keep the mountains in Silhouette which is what I see in the photo, this is where I am confused I don't know to what degree of green tinge I am suppose to have or keep it in silhouette.
Title: Re: Distance color mixing
Post by: Sarah (arch) on January 20, 2013, 01:51:59 PM
Hi Michael. Questions are not a pain. I hope someone else will chime in with opinions. Nolan's point about color perspective was that the more distant the mountain, the more it will take on the color of the sky, as I mentioned. But that doesn't necessarily mean blue. It would take on the color of the sky where it meets it. Here a sunset color. I just happened to read this lesson yesterday. I have no experience using it. In the watercolor landscapes I have really enjoyed looking at, they seemed to eliminate a lot of the green as they move back into the far distance, knowing that the eye of the observer is going to make an assumption of green if that is going on in the closer mountains. A silhouette would be what you are looking for, but not a very, very dark one. That woul bring it forward. Are the silhouettes in your photo extremely dark or do they show some fading due to atmospheric perspective? Landscape people! Help! I'm a bird and botanical watercolourist!!
Title: Re: Distance color mixing
Post by: Maryna on January 20, 2013, 01:57:24 PM
Always look at the time of day it is. If it is a sunset the mountains that is further away would have no detail and almost be in silhouette. Can you maybe post of picture of the reference photo?
Did you watch the class on colour mixing in oils? If not, I suggest you do, it is a free class :) It gives you great insight into colour mixing, there is also a colour mixing class in watercolours.

Title: Re: Distance color mixing
Post by: michael lemieux on February 17, 2013, 12:43:14 AM
sorry it took so long to get back to you and this painting was in my head and it is a snow scene i think i will call it "Fishing Wild" almost finished, and thank you all for the input it really helps a lot.