Advanced Triad Tree Layering

The original, Oct. 10, 2010, Triad Tree Demo blog post has received more comments and views than any other of my posts.  It was also published in Watercolor Artist, Dec. 2012, in Watercolor Essentials, within my feature, Tried-and-True Primary Triads. And even now, 2.5 years later, my blog stats show, it had 2,593 views last week! Thank you Pinterest friends 🙂

Taking the Triad Tree to a more advanced level, here are the steps of Triad Tree Layering within a larger painting, currently in process, Follow the Red Railed Walkway:

The first layer using a light valued triad has dried. I’ve put down plexi to protect adjacent areas. To see technique for first layer, please visit the original,  Triad Tree Demo. Here, more yellow was used, but process is the same.

I’ve misted the paper. Using a large, round brush I dropped in darker valued pigment. Takes a bit of courage 🙂

Here I am using the brush tip to carefully adjust, pooled pigment, being mindful to not over do to avoid end result of looking contrived.

Values can be lightened by wicking excess pigment with torn paper towel.

Subtle value and color shifts can be achieved by tilting the board to encourage blending.

Not finished yet, but overall pleased with the results.

To follow the rest of this painting process and see additional images of Follow The Red Railed Walkway in progress, visit June Rollins ART


We can never duplicate nature. We merely produce an illusion.

–Maxine Mansfield

Iris No. 16 Watercolor Slideshow Demo

Here is the complete demo of Iris No. 16 with no ads.

Yes, I’m paying for smilebox now in response to a few complaints

about the ads accompanying the FREE version I was using.

There will be no ads with future smilebox demos on my blog.

Iris No. 16 has just been listed on Daily Paintworks – Opening Bid $85

Enjoy 🙂

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Iris No. 16 Continued – Watercolor Demo

I began Iris No. 16 for Matthews Artists Guild on Mar. 13,

and am now back in my home studio to continue.

Always, the set-up. Before I begin to paint,

I have everything I think I might need nearby.

Working wet-into-wet in sections, I’ve added a variegated wash and am now using thicker paint for the iris beard.

While still damp, I lift with a thirsty flat brush to create dimension.

More lifting.

Further along, but getting tired…have learned not to push myself.

It only takes an uncertain stroke or two

for a watercolor painting to go downhill fast…

It’s Time To Step Away From The Painting!

To be continued…