Step 8 – Final Step In Iris No. 9 Watercolor Demonstration

Power Surge  A Light-Valued Shape

With A Dark-Valued Background

Adding a dark blue background intensifies the yellow/orange shape.

If you’ve been following along, you know that

Iris No. 8 and Iris No. 9 were painted using the same palette.

Iris No. 8 - On To Glory

Iris No. 9 - Clothed In Majesty & Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both have a large, light-valued shape, a yellow iris, which did not come alive until I added the dark-valued blue background. In both, I used ultramarine blue (a warm blue) and thalo blue (a cool blue). Plus, thalo blue is a staining pigment, which means it has the strength to power surge.

Have a painting you want to power surge?

Consider This:

1. Light and dark values power surge each other when juxtaposed.

2. Color opposites and near opposites power surge each other when juxtaposed.

3. Use staining pigments to easily create darkest darks.

I actually did all three here. I placed a light value-subject in a dark-valued background. I placed near opposites beside each other.  And thalo blue helped flip the power surge switch!

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Thanks and see you next week 🙂

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