Managing values ratios in color

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    Hi Matt,
    I would like to tell you again that your tutorial step by step is really enriching very well explained, specially managing value ratios.
    My question is how I translate the value scale in color. I know that you can’t answer in a few words to this big question. I would like to know the basic. I understand that to make the color orange for example darker you are not adding some black. I started to paint simple objets with watercolor and I feel that I am not able to manage values in colors ( I am a member of the painting site and i watched your first videos and have not enough time to do the exercises). I send you the watercolor that I just finished to explain my question.It is a life painting. Thank you for your answer. Annabelle.

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    Matthew
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    Annabelle,

    I will do my best to answer this question in our weekly podcast today.

    Great question.

    Matt

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    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Hi Annabelle,
    To add to Matt’s great podcast, I would like to share how I first started to learn how to tackle colours. I didn’t have a clue to be honest, and avoided doing anything colourful. Putting black into paint (acrylic, watercolour) wasn’t working, obviously. Two years ago, after a tip from a professional, I spent weeks painting large canvasses – 6 in total – each one monochromatic. I applied the principles of the colour wheel as he explained it to me. So, for my canvas in red, on top of three tubes of red paint I only added green (the complement colour on the wheel) and for effect some white in parts, thus creating vibrant reds – muted reds – and really dark red. For blue the complement is orange, for yellow – purple. And then reversed it, so for the green canvas I used red to tone down the chroma of the green, or to darken the green, et cetera. It was a great excercise and a lot of fun! I had to restrain myself and not use yellow and blue to enhance the green – that has its merits, but wasn’t part of the excercise. I just splashed acrylic red paint on my canvas, happily mixing in the greens and experimenting because ‘it didn’t have to look like anything’. And guess what: they were great! I even did a second series, and they are gorgeous – I put them up in my living room as a feature on one wall, just to celebrate I overcame my colour-phobia haha! A nice semi glossy varnish has the colours vibrant and shimmering. I’m chuffed to bits with them!
    Hope this helps,
    Regards,
    Marjan

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    Thank you Marjan for this beautiful and detailed explanation and invitation to work with color. Sorry that I answered so late but the truth is that I did not see your answer. Excuse me. Do you think that one can experiment the same thing with watercolor ? I am currently working on watercolor. If not I will try to work with acrylic.
    Annabelle

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    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Hi Annabelle,
    You’re welcome, and no worries about not replying 😉
    Re watercolours: I work in watercolour too, mostly in the summer when I draw the working farms in my hometown. I have never experimented in the way I did with acrylics, but knowing the materials it will be different I think. You could try limiting to the same colours on your palette as I described with the acrylics. Mixing on your palette of course, and perhaps washes over (almost) dry swatches of colour on paper? I often juxtapose colours in that way (complement colours).
    The first nice warm day that comes along I will get on my bike and try this out! I love experimenting!
    Regards,
    Marjan

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