As a realist painter getting the right tone is critically important to making your painting work. Tone refers to how light or dark a particular area is. In watercolour you do not use white paint so your lightest tone would be the white of the paper and your darkest tone would be the undiluted pigment. As you add more water to your paint, the colour becomes progressively lighter in tone or value. All great realist artists regardless of the medium have mastered the use of tone or value.
Practice this technique and you can paint anything. I try and do at least one class a term on this subject and always choose a very complicated subject like a street scene, figure, animal or portrait. This way students can see how easy it is to paint any subject if you understand the process of tonal layering.
I do have some exhibitions, classes and watercolour demos coming up and they are listed in the exhibitions and workshops section of the website. The watercolour below was painted on site at the Breakaways just outside Coober Pedy in South Australia.
Double Vision at Steps Gallery. An Exhibtion featuring Linda MacAulay and Stephanie Mew.
Opening night Friday 11/3/11 7pm till 9pm All Welcome.
Exhibition runs 11am till 5pm weekdays and 11 am till 4 pm weekends daily from 12/3/11 till 27/3/11
Steps Gallery 62 Lygon St, Carlton
To see more of Stephanie Mews work visit www.stephaniemew.com.au/
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