Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing

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Instructor Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert
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Course No. 4092
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn how to select the most effective paints and tools.
  • Discover how color theory will help improve your paintings.
  • Create your personalized color charts that train your hand and your eye to recognize color relationships.

Course Overview

Learn skills for mixing watercolors to achieve vibrant hues and luminous neutrals. With professional watercolorist Kateri Ewing as your guide, you'll kick off class with a lesson on color theory basics, organizing your palette and making a 15-color wheel. Next, discover how to create personalized color charts that will help you match the exact hues you want to achieve. After you're completely comfortable with primary and secondary color relationships, discover how to create more nuanced color mixes using complementary tertiary hues. Ready to apply your new watercolor mixing skills? Kateri will guide you through a study of a pear using techniques for transferring a line drawing, adding a first glaze and using darker colors to create dimension.

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6 lectures
 |  Average 20 minutes each
  • 1
    Understanding Successful Watercolor
    Meet artist Kateri Ewing as she introduces you to the limitless possibilities of watercolor. Kateri explains the characteristics of successful watercolor paintings, including how to select the most effective paints and tools. Next, learn the difference between luminous and muddy works, which will transform the way you'll see and paint in the future. x
  • 2
    Split Primary System
    Learn the difference between primary and split primary colors, and discover how color theory will help improve your paintings. Kateri shows you how organizing your palette will reduce frustration and wasted paint, and she walks you through the creation of your own 15-color wheel. x
  • 3
    Charts & Color Matching
    Every artist has experienced the disappointment of not being able to match a hue exactly, but Kateri shows you how to solve this common challenge! Create your personalized color charts that train your hand and your eye to recognize color relationships, and allow you to match any color you can find. x
  • 4
    Tertiaries, Neutrals & Greens
    Now that you've mastered primary and secondary color relationships, Kateri walks you through ways to mix complementary tertiary hues to achieve even more nuanced mixes. Next, she shares professional tips for transforming unnatural green paint pigments into the greens found in nature. x
  • 5
    Project Foundations & Color Study
    Apply your new understanding of watercolor paints and color theory to a study of a pear (or anything else that you desire). Kateri shares her preferred method of transferring a line drawing before walking you through the first glaze of a color study. x
  • 6
    Building Color & Completing the Pear
    Continue building your colors as you improve your ability to accurately observe and mix various shades. Kateri helps you work darker colors into your yellow and green pear study, creating depth and form with washes, stunning details and nuanced shading. x

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Kateri Ewing

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Kateri Ewing, Watercolor Expert
Craftsy
For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways in two of her favorite places near her home in western New York state: Wyoming County and Knox Farm State Park. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students...
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Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Series to Help a Beginner Get Started Did some watercolor painting on a cruise just for fun and was really intrigued. Other than kid's water colors as a child and a high school semester in art class I really knew just a bit about colors and how to mix them. As part of my continuing education as a retired person, I looked for a course that could help me better understand color and the watercolor medium...and this was a super great choice. Kateri is an excellent instructor, leading the participant through all the fundamentals and then on to application. She is well prepared, thorough, clear in her instruction and inspiring. Absolutely a great choice especially for a beginner!
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A repeat of some of the info given in the professor's other course, but so important to warrant it's own course, and goes deeper into the subject. The added breakdowns of color mixing and charting is critical to understanding painting in general, and in this case watercolor painting in particular since mixing a transparent medium can be tricky. The professor's presentation style is wonderful, you never feel confused or rushed by the info she gives, and the extra detail on specific tools she uses and how she uses them is exactly the sort of invaluable info you get from great art tutors. Those details are what can transition beginners and intermediates into being advanced painters. I searched the entire course catalog a couple of times to see if she had any other courses available lol. As I've said in other reviews I've given I happen to be an advanced-level artist, but she included detail and tips that were even vitally helpful for me. HIGHLY recommend her, and will watch for any courses she may offer in future.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This course is a great follow-up to the introductory course on watercolor by the same professor. I learned a lot from this course about color mixing and paint application.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need to know and more Comprehensive demonstrations of how to mix luminous colors. Well presented.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful demonstrations I love instructors approach and demos. I love her color choices.
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great information Instructions are easy to follow, and so much fun. I will be buying more courses in the future.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course An excellent course. Short, but to the point. I have been doing watercolor for many years without any real lessons. The instructor gave examples that were very helpful, particularly the sketch book and study of the painting before actually putting it on paper. Wish I had been doing that long ago. I would have a nice collection of my work and what I did to achieve it. Thanks so much.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pacing I am a painter and a teacher. The use of a limited palette is essential for water color technique. It is nice to take a course again. The teacher is very good! This is my first Great Masters course; and so far, I am impressed!
Date published: 2018-08-26
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