Value-able Watercolor Painting; How to Create Dramatic Contrasts with Instructor Mary P. Murphy

August 5, 2018

Next Session: Sunday, August 05, 2018 / 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

In this workshop, we’ll focus on taking a fresh look at value so we can avoid tepid watercolor paintings. We will explore:

  • how to evaluate contrast;
  • when, where and how to punch up value;
  • how to create beautiful blacks, and
  • why understanding pigments is important to achieving value.

Students should bring works in progress; if none are available, bring a simple reference that you can paint fairly quickly.

 Materials list:

  1. Paintings in progress – any level of completion, even if you’re not happy with them!
  2. Good quality watercolor paper (like Arches), either 140 or 300 lb cold press, sheets or a block are fine. If you use sheets, please bring a board to tape your paper to.
  3. Water bucket
  4. Paper towels or tissues
  5. Pencil and eraser
  6. Masking tape
  7. Plastic palette
  8. Frisket or masking fluid

 PAINTS: Bring your regular palette and tubes of paint, to include, at a minimum,

  • Cool yellow (for example, Aureolin)
  • Warm yellow (for example, New Gamboge or Indian Yellow)
  • Cool red (for example, Permanent Alizarin, Quinacridone Pink)
  • Warm red (for example, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red , Scarlet Lake, Quinacridone Coral)
  • Cool blue (for example, Phthalo Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue)
  • Warm blue (for example, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue)

If you don’t have Phthalo Green, please purchase a tube.


  • ¼” flat, preferably a “One Stroke Flat”
  • ½” flat
  • 1” and/or 1.5” flat
  • Round brush with a good point, approximately 3/8”

The Cost of the Workshop is $125 with an additonal 10% off for Members.

Registration deadline:  July 29th, 2018

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