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    • Bird Academy
      Bird Academy
      Bird_Academy
      1. Was this your first experience with watercolors, or have you used them before? Was it easier or more difficult than you expected? 1. Share and/or tell us about the color palette you created. What was the subject? Were you able to achieve the colors you wanted? How? Any challenges? 3. When focusing so closely on the colors you were observing, did any discoveries, patterns, relationships, or questions come to mind?
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    • Alisha
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      alishabirdie
      Below are some of my experiments with the colours in the KOI set, I never really understood the colour wheel and mixing before!  Its definately challenging to mix colours, and add ones you wouldn't expect.  I really concentrate on what I'm seeing and notice, for example, the orange in the trees are actually orange, some are red, depending on the light and shadows etc. image3(2)image2(2)image1(5)
    • diana
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      ittybittyart
      Hidden Grey-green gator  🐊   in the rushes at edge of marsh. He’s between the two images on lower right — barely even visible. I had to use colors to make him at least slightly visible in my journal — best I could do with colors and still make the point.4107D2D6-9C90-4EB0-99F8-6B29C4253424
    • Richard
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      rflora5709
      First watercolor ever!! Pretty Exciting.....did procrastinate for a couple of weeks before tacklingFirst Watercolor 11.15.20 but was actually quite fun!
    • Susan
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      joseph64
      I have been painting with watercolour for a couple of years. Your instruction videos on sketching and mixing colour have been very helpful!  I did not know the theory of Tint Tone & Shade. This is going to be a great help as I continue my journey in watercolour. Thank you for offering this affordable course.
    • amy
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      amykarst
      I am quite new to water color, though I have worked with water color pencils before.This was very difficult for me because I do not have a black or gray in my pallet. I am also wondering if it is ok to go back with the fine point marker to add some tree detail. WasatchMts
    • Lumi
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      lumifox
      1. I’ve used watercolors before, my mom is obsessed with the result. 2. My palette actually turned out okay, but sometimes the colors were way too light. 3. My paint set has 48 colors, more than suggested, so the colors I mixedimageimage were closer than the ones shown in the video.
    • Linda
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      LindaWorden
      jpainted bird I tried watercolor some time ago and was not very successful.  I have trouble getting the correct amount of water on the brush.  Something I need to work on.  It was raining so did this from our lesson on the computer.  Colors were a little hard to distinguish but the suggestion of color was ok.  I would have liked to blend the colors more but wasn't really able to .  Anyway, will try some more and hopefully more successful.
    • Jean
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      jigoe2
      I've tried watercolors before(limited).  I think that is is hard to do but a skill that can be learned with practice.  For the most part I was able to get the colors I saw, but the images on the laptop vs. desktop computers were slightly different in color.  I find its hard to paint details with the  water brush.  I'd either get too much or not enough water. Getting the detail on the wings of the bird I found particularly challenging.IMG_5792IMG_5793
    • diana
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      ittybittyart
      C7A21393-83A5-4398-B71B-A406C04925422E5F2267-33D0-4A6F-9976-1E86A7D480CF5738AD34-B715-4AB0-9042-097C0D165566 still at work trying  to duplicate colors and create natural palettes
    • Kim
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      kmitc210
      I was drawing/painting from the image on my computer screen. Then I attached my computer to a tv monitor with an HDMI cable and the colors in the images were very different. If I'm sketching/painting from an image, should I be using a printed image to get truer colors?
    • diana
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      ittybittyart
      Going from sketching to watercolors helped create depth when I added paints. I’ve used watercolors (limited) before. I keep trying adding paint every day... Watercolor is not easy. I tried to create a palette that most resembles ruby throated hummingbirds and while not an exact match, I was satisfied with my results. I got a descent set of colors; i was happy with how the Olive mixed on paper as olive is subtle & difficult for me. The throat color was a challenge, but in such a prominent place, I decided not to overwork the colors. As I looked closely at the colors, it’s surprising how many undertones and nuances I usually miss.   I cleaned up the sketch, painting and I was pleased at my first layered/pained bird. It’s much different than using watercolor straight from tube or 1/2 pan. 412FF515-566B-4A60-BE56-9E9C5A58C303E4F0E1CE-82ED-4CCD-871A-32F427187C40A318A5D2-4D9F-40E6-BC44-0476A5282A87
    • Linda
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      LinElin
      This was a great new experience for me (I have been using watercolor pencils). What I noticed was sometimes the color mixed on the palette tray did not turn out as expected on the paper, so I used it as an exercise to try and figure out what I could have added or subtracted to get closer to what I wanted. Also first experience with the water brush. IMG-2099IMG-2098
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Really love these colors
    • Kim
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      KimMeyer
      This was my first experience with watercolours and the water brush pen. Quite different to acrylics and oils! It's been great to make a start on this whole other world of painting. The brush pen took some getting used to in terms of controlling the water content in the brush but I can see that, as a painting implement, it increases the contact time with the page and allows me to get a lot of colour down quickly. The colours are fresh and surprisingly nuanced. I'm also surprised by the amount of control I can get in tint, tone and shade. The weather has been terrible in Heidelberg this last week so I've been referencing colour palettes from a book on the Amazon rainforests. The dry pigment can look a little different when wet. The white page is much more effective in conveying whiteness than the white paint. Light purples are an interesting alternative "tone-maker" to grey with a touch of warmth or coolness to them. The watercolour palette seems very flexible in that it can capture the intense oranges of a sunset as well as the soft umber hues of a bird feather. The black colour seems very strong on the page - one to use carefully!
    • Isabel
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      IsabelTroyo
      Color paletteUsing white with watercolors was a new experience for me and very useful to achieve the colors that I wanted
      • Alisha
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        alishabirdie
        Beautifully done!
    • Patricia
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      patofvta
      This was not my first experience with watercolors but it was with this new palette and the new brush.  I wanted to really get to know how my palette, brush, and paper work together.  I pushed the limits but was very pleased with it all.  I first created a page of all my original colors then adding all the tints (white, gray, and black), then I mixed all the compliment with each of the types of colors.  For instance, I have 3 yellows with 1 purple, 4 oranges with 4 blues, 4 reds with 4 greens.  This provides a couple of good reference charts so I could find the closest match and what to use.  I decided to practice by paining the two pictures provided.  Then I selected a photograph I took in May of a Great Blue Heron just as it ruffled it’s feathers on top of the nesting tree.  My challenge is the detail of execution.  As a landscape painter, I do a lot of marks to indicate rather than exact markings, but with birds and such specific makings I get lost in the details.  I need to nail what causes birders to recognize what I paint.  I can however see that if I use shape for distant elements within a landscape the birds have a great shot at revealing the species.  Still think I will need to get better at defining the parts of the birds. PatGray crowned Rosy Finch NJWasatch Mountain NJ Great Blue Heron NG
    • Kimmai
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      KimmaiNunnery
      IMG_4088 I first used watercolors with my grandmother as a child, in college, and again in the last few years. I find greens and oranges to be challenges to keep colors vibrant with out over mixing. The play of contrasting colors draw my eye in as the viewer.
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        I like the lightness of your colors
    • Victoria
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      mvrestre
      I never took a watercolor class or a color theory one, even though watercolor is my media to paint birds. Since I am self-taught, I mostly mix my colors on the paper, so this was a completely new experience. IMG_3154
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Lovely
    • William
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      RaptorFalconFinch5
      This was my first time with water colors. I found that I really like it, although it does take some getting used to.  It’s hard to control them on the mixing palette, the paint wants to keep beading up. I have been trying to add some extra water with it and that seems to be helping. Mixing colors is definitely fun! Liz is right, it’s almost like solving a puzzle. I did run into a few difficulties though. The paint set I have is an earth friendly one that does not contain gray, black, or white.  So, I have to try to work around that. Also, I have found that when on paper, some of the colors change in brightness, does anyone have any tips to anticipate that? (for the mountain photo) 7DC62CDB-060F-4ABB-A0D5-9D58E29CFA47
    • Scott
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      ScottA010
      DSCF1623DSCF1622DSCF1621                        only could download three of my images; the fourth image was the Gray Crowned Rosy Finch, I was finding that the pink would not come out the way I wanted, but close. The "Morning light over the Wasatch Mountains" I thought had colors I could work with and when working with colors I usually don't have trouble so I had to go my own route that I usually do to make colors (just go and join colors from my own mind) which I have doing since a young age. taking this course is actually helping me work with colors more and open the horizons to create colors that match.
    • Christine
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      archr1
      I am using a set of 12 gouache water paints, bought a couple of years ago and not really used so they are nearly new. I used watercolour many years ago but so long ago that I don’t remember much of the technique. The gouache paints are nice, the colours are fresh, and they are smilar to watercolour. What I find most challenging is getting the right proportions when mixing hues. My observation was that there are many instances of the same or similar hue in nature but in a scene, they occur with differing saturation. The quality or intensity of the light affects the perception of hue. This might be due to differing reflectance characteristics of foliage or flowers. I do not have nearly enough different shades/tones in my palette for the range in the scene but I was uncertain exactly how to add the right kind of variation. The image of the palette page doesn’t show the hues correctly but gives an idea of what I did. 3DE1191E-8E1C-4772-83F3-51B4C28CCD58 E0D2388F-09FB-4805-A9D4-F3C675DDF367
    • Beth
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      BDaleoArt
      imageI mixed colors but and tried to keep track so I would remember my combinations. I am not having much luck painting but that will come, I hope.
    • Beth
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      BDaleoArt
      This was not my first experience with watercolors but it was great to see Liz’s thought process. I have several watercolor sets so did not purchase the recommended one but think it should still be a useful process to play with what I have.  I would try to make a note of the colors used for sure.
    • Jill
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      JFeldkamp
      1. Unless you count messing around with watercolors as a child, this was a new experience for me. I didn't know what to expect so it wasn't easy or difficult. 2. I was very confused about what "Then take your watercolors and nature journal outside and try them on a subject of interest" meant! From the posts, I think others were confused also. Finally, I decided to take a couple photos outside and create color palettes for them. This seemed a reasonable interpretation and a helpful experience in blending colors. I don't have any idea how to start an actual painting yet. My subjects were a wreath and phlox in the garden. I suppose I found a decent palette for both. I don't know if the shades were exact matches, but I am not sure that it matters as along as they are pleasing. 3. The phlox that I originally planted were all the same color, but they are not any more. How and why did they change into different colors? Palette
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Pretty tones
    • Denise
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      denisezito
      This is my first experience with watercolor.  The paints are beading up on the palatte, and I'm having trouble making them spread out as Liz did in the demonstration.  What am I doing wrong?
    • Arwen
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      amohun
      IMG_1042 Trying to apply the color mixing lesson to an actual image was challenging. I have no formal training in watercolors and had one college figure drawing class a long, long time ago. I've been fascinated to learn the techniques offered in this class for both drawing and painting. I couldn't really figure out how to get the luminous glow from the sunrise or the light on one side of the trees.  Went back over some of the painting with colored pencil, which helped sharpen up the peaks and the tips of the trees.
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        I find the color combos very appealing
    • John
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      Peckalot
      What a lesson for a B&W lifetime approach . More fun.IMG_0013
      • MSW
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        mwoolphd
        Such a subtle, beautiful series of colors - beautiful!
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Nice control of neutrals
    • Kadi
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      Kadibirdie
      I found this beauty in the woods the other day, dead, but intact, and decided to memorialize the specimen for my watercolor exercise. It's interesting to analyze the moth next to the finished painting to see where colors were most accurate/inaccurate. GloversSilkmoth
      • Andrew
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        ajsibb
        Wow!
      • MSW
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        mwoolphd
        Gorgeous!
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        I’d say this is your specialty!
    • ann
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      abirdkidd
      This was very challengingly, but fun!  Creating just the right color does take practice.  This is my first attempt using water colors.  Creating the proper colors for the Wasatch Mts is surprisingly difficult.  Differentiating the sky colors from mountains a challenge.imageimage
      • MSW
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        mwoolphd
        What a great job!
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        I find these pallets vibrant and exciting
    • اليازية
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      Alyazia
      I’ve been avoiding watercolours for ages - there were attempts to get into it but I never produced something good by itself; i had to add ink or other medium to feel good-. This is my reference sheet. I experiment with the brush that mini-water-container, the regular brush, with paste watercolour and cubes water colour. Each has its own feeling. While mixing colour, I found it interesting to see the results on the sheet. I wasn’t satisfy with the tone mixing, I felt there was something wrong with the grey. However, after I left the sheet, went away, and came back I was fully satisfied with the tone and tint. Looking at the shades, I think my hesitation is visible n all of the shades, most probably I had fear of ruining the colour with the black - and so I did ruin the sheet because I brushed over it twice or more. I guess this is a very sensitive medium, if i’m to use it I have to understand all my tools’s pros and cons; that goes for the brushes, colours, sheets and the WATER - yes, I need to understand how the water interacts with the tools. I fell in love with the brush which has been recommended for the class. In fact, I bought 4 types ages ago but I never used them. This session motivated me to try them - and now I know I’ll stick with it! F0275DAE-69EA-445D-A2A2-0F04DF72E03C
    • Matt
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      mgoldberg
      Japanese Maple Leaves
      • Shir
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        BirdShir
        Pretty colors, Matt. I like the realistic look you were able to depict with not all perfect shaped leaves and the depth and variety of looks to your leaves. Thanks for sharing.
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Very nuanced. Wow.
    • Stefania
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      Stefiex22
      1. It was my first experience with watercolors and I enjoyed them very much. I liked to experimetn the tint, tone and shade and to find different colors. By experimenting many possibilities I realised I tend to experiment with dark colors even if I would like to have more lighter colors. In the future I want to use more white and yellow to see how things work. I struggle to make violet. I truly enjoyed this exercise very much. Tint Tone ShadeColors
    • Les
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      Lesbrandt
      This was a labor that wore me out. I have never been successful at drawing and painting, primarily because I could never keep my attention focused long enough to complete a project ... ADD or whatever, but I stuck with it until I couldn't any longer. I am happy with what I accomplished, but I wanted it to be better, but I reached the point of No More so I quit. I have never followed a photograph that so clearly showed so many specific feathers and it was overwhelming. Matching colors is a beautiful mystery, so much to know and so many possibilities.  Thank you for looking.   IMG_0744
    • Nicole
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      NNeeld
      XX 6EEEC841-40E8-4555-96B0-98D628EF3EA1My son created this color pallet from the Mountain photo and forgot to draw the picture with it 😂
    • Colleen
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      CBMac7
      1B958315-BAFF-493C-A92D-C597C76A6E92 474DF313-2B71-4624-A510-565910A21C491. Taking this course is my first experience with watercolors, although before beginning working on this course I tried out the brush & just using the colors in the set as they were on a couple of drawings. I really love the brush with this set & the water in the brush instead of using the traditional brush & watercolors. This way is much easier than the other at being able to control the amounts of color applied on the brush & the fact that you don’t have to pre-wet the paper, which is always difficult for me with traditional watercolors. 2. I have created a 150 color palette 🎨 chart for my whole set of 30 colors; as is on the original palette, as tints, tones with Payne’s Gray, tones with 1/2 white & 1/2 Payne’s Gray, and shades. I haven’t done a subject yet, because I was curious to the outcome of the 30 color palette breakdown first. Not sure yet on all the colors, especially when it comes to the making of shades. That one is very tricky with adding the black. I need to work on that part still. 3. Actually while focusing on the colors for the Grey-crowned Rosy Finch (Hepburn’s) I was noticing that it was more of a tints color palette bird compared to the original colors palette. I’m seeing birds at my feeders in palettes of color based on original, tints, tones, & shades now.
    • Cheryl
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      CPagel49
      IMG_2544 I had fun doing this, but might try again now that I have seen the next lecture on the three ways to lay down watercolor.  It was fun to mix the colors.  I actually created a reference with all the colors in my box with a few of their tints, tones and shades.  It is interesting to see the color bias that comes through when adding white, gray and black.....it sure can reveal the other colors that make up the other hues.  Thanks for this lesson it was fun.
    • adriana
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      adrisnchz
      I used other references for this activity. It was my first time using watercolors and it was fun but also challenging trying to get the colors matching the photographIMG_3715
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Oh I love these combinations
    • Nancy
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      Nancybp
      This is the first time I used watercolors since middle school in the 70's.  You can tell I'm much more interested and spent more time on the bird (finch) than the landscape.  I'm actually kind of amazed on how well the Rosy Finch came out.  The Landscape was extremely challenging for me and did not come out how I would've liked.   IMG_2479IMG_2480
    • Nancy
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      nstevick
      I figure everyone could use a laugh just now, so I will share my tale of inattentive shopping. I have retired to Monteverde, Costa Rica and signed up for this class because I finally had the time to delve into watercolor painting. When I was in the states last Christmas, I dashed to Michael's arts and craft store to buy my supplies. I was in a hurry to get my shopping done so I could break my granddaughter out of daycare early. I asked the nice clerk if they had Sakura 24 color pocket Field Sketch Box watercolor sets. He found one for me, and I quickly purchased it, an extra brush and watercolor sketchbook. Living in rural Costa Rica, I often don't have a strong enough internet signal to stream the videos for this course, so I have been making my way through this course very slowly. Imagine my surprise and consternation when I finally opened my watercolor set and realized that I had purchased a "Creative Art Colors" kit with a metallic, pearlescent and fluorescent palette! NOT what I was expecting! It will be fine for painting some of the magnificent birds and flowers here, but my color mixing adventure will be very different from yours. The biggest drawback is that my kit has no black or gray. The darkest color is bright purple. I think I can purchase a child's watercolor set the next time I go into Santa Elena for groceries and solve that problem. I need much practice, but will share my paintings along the way. (These will also give you a good laugh, I think!)IMG_20200509_083854405IMG_20200509_130501525
      • Jane
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        jirwinromo
        Nancy, I ordered my supplies on line and I got the same set the first time around. Decided to keep it for poster painting or kids projects or something, but I was able to go to another site and specifically order the standard color set. I think there’s a lot of people ordering water colors - the standard colors are harder to find! Lucky for me, I’m in Chicago and able to get another delivery. Anyone who’s still purchasing supplies, make sure you get the black box, not the one with the Asian fish on the cover!
      • Stefania
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        Stefiex22
        Nancy, it is good. I have learnt from you that there are pearlescent and fluorescent palette options too. Thanks for sharing this.
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        Oops.surprise!
    • Avery
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      boxturtlestudio
      My husband and I travelled to Delaware in Nov. 2019. We stopped at Kent Island for lunch. Since this assignment involved a landscape and a bird, I decided to do this instead.20200516_184158
      • diana
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        ittybittyart
        I like how you’ve used multiple colors in the rushes which could look static otherwise. Sky is lovely and has a nice 3D feel. Also like the tidy, coordinated feel of your color page.
    • Kathy B.
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      KBelletireArt
      Landscape color mixing --Cornell Nature Journaling 5-2020 KBelletire
    • Claudia
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      claudiamayfield
      fullsizeoutput_3cbKPi1AypsQlmZvXzqNrxfxgI also found the landscape to be very challenging.  The addition of black lines was particularly jarring.  I completed the course but there was not a discussion of how to use the black pen.  Any comments would be appreciated....  Love this course!  Going over the lessons a second time and just keeping at it is very helpful.
    • Jane
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      jirwinromo
      I took a water color class decades ago and haven't done anything in years. I have forgotten everything, but love color and experimenting. I think I've got to control my water better because I have lots of blobs. Looking forward to learning more techniques! Love the colors in the Wasatch Mountain picture - the trees and trying to make anything resemble the picture was hard!IMG_0951
    • Giuliana
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      giulianacpferrari
      It is not my first time with watercolours, but it wouldn't be also the first time I get frustrated trying to convey something on the paper and not happening like I wanted. The bird was actually not that hard, but I was tired and lack of patience made it worse than it should be. However I'm hopeful I'll improve through the next lessons as I improved with my drawings! WhatsApp Image 2020-05-09 at 08.55.46
    • Deanna
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      whobblet
      IMG_4934 I found the landscape harder than the birds. This is my first introduction to watercolours and I really love how the colours can bring the sketches alive. This is a combination of watercolour pencils and watercolours. When I initially bought the paint set for this course, I accidentally got the irridescent sparkly paint set but I've found a good subject to test out those sparkly watercolours!
    • Sarah
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      walkingwoman
      I have taken a one day workshop in watercolor to expose people to the basics before they commit to a full class.  I enjoyed the workshop and did some practicing at home. I really liked the tutorial and found it very helpful . Mixing colors is difficult for me.  The practice palettes was a very helpful exercise.  I found it easier to "play " with mixing colors when it was an exercise as opposed to an actual painting.  I was a bit easier for me to try various color combinations and began to see the colors more .
    • Suzanne
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      Suzy64
      IMG_7347My first water color attempt.  Many errors, but at least it is a start. I usually paint in acrylics, so this was quite a challenge.  I will try again later.  Practice makes it better, I hope.
    • Rafael
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      Rafael_Lopez_calvo
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    • Suzy
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      slyttle
      Besides childhood, I have only played with watercolors twice. It didn't go well. I feel I add too much water? I feel like it was what I remember. I do like the water brush, it is my first time using that. I find that I have trouble with like my brush lines. I am not sure how to show layers and textures. I am happy to learn and happy to try out again. Can't wait to get more tips in the next lessons. I did the photos provided. I do notice I am looking at the placement of the colors more. On the bird I didn't notice all the pink at first. Great way of learning field markers. ColorMix01ColorMix02
    • Carol
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      Carolbirdgirl1030
      I tried to duplicate the two sample watercolors. I had to wait for the watercolors to come because I was coloring with pastels and colored pencils. I have not done a watercolor in over 50 years. Here are my uploads.  I had difficulty with the landscape as I realize I do not know how to make brush strokes to achieve the affect you want.   fullsizeoutput_783fullsizeoutput_781 Carol
    • Connie
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      ConnieMcCabe
      This was a challenging and rather intimidation exercise. I haven’t tried watercolor for years — I am very rusty and stiff. I nerd to loosen up. There’s not way I can paint in the field the way I was trying to do for this painting — no way I will be able to see the details as one scan when studying a still picture. I need to practice gestures, quicker color notes. Built I did discover last of patterns and nuances that I would never have appreciated without being forced to translate what I saw imageto the page.
      • Andrew
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        giblon7
        Looks great! I your thin, dry strokes; they capture the feather texture well.
    • Maggie
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      mpassmore
      I found it easier to work with the muted colors than the saturated colors. 4BFB421F-DBCA-4CFC-A863-FE3DA1E4AD59
      • Avery
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        boxturtlestudio
        Wow, you nailed It!  Beautiful color contrast in the landscape, you could sell that.
      • Adrienne
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        mystierodan
        Love this! Great job!!
    • Maggie
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      mpassmore
      B23C3FC8-AF0F-48B1-9E39-626B7A61603CI love the water filled brush.  Never used them before.  I haven’t painted a water color in 25-30 years.  Rediscovering the fun during this pandemic is an amazing experience.  Thank you so much!
    • Montana
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      mvasquezgrinnell
      I need to work on actually painting, but I love making colors. I used to spend a lot of time color matching paint colors to the photographs I took of landscapes. This reminded me of a time in my childhood when I took time out to paint. I'm enjoying this part of the course so far! image0
    • LeslieAnne
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      lasanford
      EFA9F7D9-BC9C-4C3A-ABA7-7343C6A3325AF1F8A6CA-366B-44C7-9AA0-0E2B77176A87D32EA2E3-1EC1-4E66-A4B5-74F254F7BA75 This was my first experience with watercolors since childhood, many decades ago..it was more difficult than I thought it would be, but it was an enjoyable process. I actually dove into some practice lessons before I attempted this exercise from some other resources in order to gain some confidence using the brush and playing with palettes. I chose a fern for my subject, and learned from another course that sometimes mixing many colors together can actually mimic colors in nature pretty well. I’m struggling with shading and getting my sketches to look polished, but I had fun playing with colors and I was pretty happy with the results for this exercise.
    • Tanis
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      tanislynn
      DSC02313 This was my first experience with watercolours so the tips and demonstrations were particularly helpful. The first thing I did was to make colour swatches of the paints so I would have some idea of what they looked like. When it came to mixing the grays it was hard to decide whether blue or purple should be added and which one. The pink was also a challenge but drawing the surrounding colours into the pink helped to blend it in. It was a fun experience and I look forward to tackling the crocuses which are now appearing in our yard. The mountain picture is pretty daunting but I will start its pallet and see how it goes.
    • Koen
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      Nahtur
      1.  This the first water color painting I ever made. I should frame it so that I can later smile to it, remembering how clumsy my start was. I expected it to be difficult and I got immediate confirmation. Water color painting is much more intolerant to errors than drawing. No eraser to save you! 2. I went for the Rosy finch. Making the right colors was more based upon observation and  gut feeling than on  logic's, but in general, I could approximate the color quite quickly. I can’t remember exactly how I made them.   So , I should make more notes and a sort a personal color recipe book for future. I also noted that the colors change when transferring from the palette to paper and there is also a difference between different   paper types . In addition, the darkening of the color after drying is not only dependent from the color type, but also from the dilution of the paint on the palette. So I have to mix  a more than sufficient amount of paint on the palette, because it is difficult to make exactly the same dilution for a second time. 3. It is also difficult to make smooth transitions between colors and shades. I cheated a bit with overlaying the water color painting with pencil patterns. The wing feathers are a disaster. I have no clue how you can make these delicate stripe patterns.  How do you male fine white or pale patterns on a dark background? I tried with a white pencil, but it is still too transparent..rozy finch l
    • Leah
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      imchickadee
      This wasn't my first experience before, but I haven't really done anything like this activity that I just did. My color palette was for a Steller's Jay, and it consisted of many blue, black, grey, brown, and white shades. I think that I was able to get the colors that I desired, but it was challenging to put the right amount of the color I wanted to use to make the color needed for my palette. When I was focusing on the colors, I noticed that the Steller's Jay that I was drawing didn't just have a black head, the head was black, brown, grew, and white, which I never really noticed before. Overall, I thought this was quite fun!
    • Lora
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      lorarey
      water color
    • Rebecca
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      rebeccabe
      This actually was the first time I have used watercolors, at least that I can remember.  I *must* have used them back in grade school, but all I can remember using then was tempera.  The palette for the painting below was made up of browns (for the chest and shoulder feathers), grays (for the head, wings, tail, legs and the tree stump), pinks (for the belly and the top of the wing) and a light golden yellow (for the bill).  I came pretty close to the colors that I saw, I think, particularly for the belly, head and beak, at least.  This is going to take a *lot* more practice, I see! C1FF7458-3AD3-4C5B-81C1-BC0462D0BC90
    • Mudito
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      Mudito
      imageA cool and cloudy day today, perfect for staying in the house and painting the exercise.  Thanks to the participant who wrote about a muddy sky I managed to restrain myself sufficiently to avoid that .  The shadow  of the mountain still eludes me.  It was a fun exercise.  I look forward to getting more proficient with this medium.  I had posted another painting I did yesterday.  i thought it was in this lesson but who knows where it ended up.  Sigh!  Computers.
    • Student Birder
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      trudy10024
      Here is my attempt at the sunrise mountain drawing.  Mixing the colors was wild and so much fun.  Never drew anything like this before. Great thinking about sunrise and new day in this difficult time. -- Trudy   sunrise mountain drawing
    • Student Birder
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      trudy10024
      I painted a light green background square and then did the watercolor of the gray-crowned rosy finch.  I mixed the watercolors to get the browns and grays.  It is true that you notice so much more of the bird or subject when you draw it.  I noticed feather patterns and head shape and beak, etc in a way that I never would have by just taking a photo.  I am enjoying this class so much and wish there would be a second part to it.  --Trudy gray-crowned rosy finch scan
    • Amy
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      Pamfooh2
      Screen Shot 2020-03-30 at 8.33.03 AMI had to try to paint my favorite bird.  They have just changed color from winter to summer bright yellow.
    • Amy
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      Pamfooh2
      I am truly amazed at how much better I am - looking and seeing so that I can draw.  Painting with watercolors will be a challenge - I can see that by playing with shades and mixing colors.  Too much water on my brush - not enough of one color and making sure I clean the brush after using every color.  More water - lighter shade.  To help me remember what the colors look like I made a painting palate in my book. Screen Shot 2020-03-30 at 8.28.14 AM
    • Christine N.
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      cnykwest
      Is it reasonable to expect you would do all of your work with the one brush that comes with the kit or are there many different tips for the water brushes that you might buy?
    • Leslie
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      lesliehthomas
      w00ENEFhTh2z4Fi9sWjHggMy first ever watercolor effort. His eye looks a bit evil :(
    • Christine N.
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      cnykwest
      I imagine, if you were doing a formal picture, you might have to make a seperate key for yourself to remember how to go back and remix the colors to continue at a later date? Otherwise, it's fun just to experiment.
    • Patricia
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      Chirps: 23
      whipporwheel
      MerganserI tried drawing a red-breasted merganser, often seen near my home on Lake Ontario, coloring it in with colored pencils.  Yes, I know we're supposed to be practicing watercolor techniques, but my nature journal is made of drawing paper, not watercolor or mixed media paper.  I'm really happy with this result.  I'll try it again on watercolor paper, and maybe glue it into my journal...
      • Student Birder
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        trudy10024
        I love this merganser --you've captured an expression I've seen on mergansers and it is great.  - Trudy
      • Avery
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        boxturtlestudio
        Great drawing, love it's expression.
    • David
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      David Santos
      My references were yours sugestions. I think my palette of the bird is fairly accurate. Reserve the space for the white on the wings was the most challenging. The landscape was much more difficult to do. I see too much colours and hues that I need to expand the picture too wide, to do it well. Even so, I share some of the most common colours of the picture in the palette I created.   P.S. I noticed t91006673_244496106681810_3395864279683956736_nhat under the wing of the bird colours is diferente than the one I use for the whole belly. 91364953_930822467374170_4506741653645557760_n PPS: The colours of the pictures uploaded are different from the original one's.
      • Student Birder
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        trudy10024
        Beautiful drawing.  You got the wings which are hard to do.  -- Trudy
    • Betty
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      Bee Kay
      IMG_0031 I have tried watercolor before.  I never felt that I could accomplish what I set out to do.   I've purchased many books and have followed instructions as closely as I could but never seemed to get the results I wanted.  I like Liz's teaching method, her demonstrations are clear, and I liked the way she showed how to mix colors and get the colors as close as possible.  Liz's explanation for tints, tones and shades was very helpful for me as well, and I've practiced by making a color wheel with primaries, secondaries, and tertiary colors. I made primary & secondary combination squares, and mixed primary & secondary colors.  This has been a great experience for me.  My bird watercolor was pretty straight forward and I was able to mix the colors that seemed to match the photo reference and added the palette to the border of the picture.  I had trouble with the landscape, the sky ended up muddy, and I didn't feel as good about it as I did with the bird.  I had so many color mixes and ran out of enough color for each section so I kept making a new mixture and finally gave up trying to put the palette down onto paper. It's such a small painting, 1/4 sheet of 9"x12" paper, how do you ever do it on a full sized page?
    • Student Birder
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      trudy10024
      I drew the American Wigeon duck trying to show how sunlight coming from the right side makes the greenish color on the duck's head seem to almost glow.  I used viridian green and hansa yellow light to make the bluish green and then added payne's gray to darken the green.  I used burnt umber and burnt sienna to create the brown for the rest of the head and the top of the body.  I'll continue working on it, but it was fun to see how to make the lighter color seem to glow by adding more darks around it.  --Trudy American wigeon
      • Betty
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        Bee Kay
        Very nice.
    • Linda
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      LindaClark
      IMG_2798 Have not used water colors in over 15 years, always painted indoors using a photo, what was difficult was painting in full sunlight, and focusing on just one or two flowers even though there were several there, had to also deal with the slight movement from the wind.  I was happy with some of the colors but just could not get the flowers that had already lost their color, drying out.  Loved being outside!
    • joyce
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      BlueJz
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    • Heidi
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      HeidiTas
      Mixing coloursMixing Colours 2Definite room for improvement!  I thought I was starting with a simple, not too difficult group of colours to mix.  But I have a bit of a challenge with purples.  My pallet doesn't have a purple, so I started mixing reds and blues and there were lots of "mud" colours as a result.  I didn't notice the colour of the surf around the rocks until much later in this process, what a great discovery!
    • S
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      twistybear
      IMG_20200218_084814 I love the water filled brushes.  I've never tried them before.
      • Jean
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        Blueskyberg1
        This is a beauty!
    • BJORN
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      suzukiawd13
      IMG_20200313_215006~2I did a medium-thick line, interpretation. I put in the sun, to practice lights.
    • Juan
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      Juan Jo
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      • Leslie
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        lesliehthomas
        I love this fish
    • Geminis
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      geminis
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    • Geminis
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      geminis
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    • S
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      twistybear
      IMG_20200217_181421805 So rusty.  Thanks to Bird Academy for getting me to get my paints out again.
      • Betty
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        Bee Kay
        Your mountains are quite beautiful.  You inspired me.
      • Student Birder
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        trudy10024
        Gorgeous.  The mountains and the bird--wonderful.  I hope you keep out your watercolors now.
    • Christi-June
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      christijune
      This was not my first time using watercolors and the tips were great. Easier than expected. The color palette I chose was from a photo of a meijiro in cherry blossoms. The colors came out well. I dont think my lightest pink was  light enough, however. Sometimes when mixing a color I found I had to think carefully what other colors were underlying.20200214_231442
    • Donna
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      jalexaphotography
      This was my first experience with watercolor. I've always shied away from the medium. It was easier in some ways and more difficult in others. I'm used to working with more opaque paints. The transparency of watercolor is intimidating, but I can see where it could be beneficial for some applications. Color mixing went fairly well, but I'm used to mixing colors in other mediums.
    • Belinda
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      beekeev
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    • Craig
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      cmflyer
      Yes, not since childhood have I used watercolors. I'm not finding it too difficult to mix the colors. For my own color palette I chose winter holly leaves, with part green, deep maroon/purple, with some brown parts. They are subtle colors, or colors with subtle differences. Olive, crimson, purple violet, and black seemed to be all I needed to work up four colors. I'm finding that my work with the color sliders in the HLS panel in Lightroom has helped me identify the colors present, especially in photographs. It's surprising sometimes to slide a slider and find no change because that color isn't present. Often it's the subtle shades of yellow that masquerade for green or red. IMG_1732IMG_1731IMG_1730
    • Denise
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      dchaffner
      I really enjoyed mixing colors. I find I need better brush control.image
    • Jenn
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      Jfreeda
      IMG_2735 Wow, I'm really enjoying this but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I love the attention to detail and am trying to spend the time to practice the skills we've been taught.
    • Carrie
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      Carlin70
      Never have worked with watercolors before - well as a kid, but I don't think that counts!  Anyway, I am having fun with the mixing etc, but I keep finding that I end up with a washed out color.  Maybe adding too much water.  I did not try to do the whole pics - just made palettes for each picture as that seemed to be more my speed.
    • Alvin
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      awhill
      My water colour set has 8 colours which is forcing me to blend more and I have had to borrow some white acrylic to made the tints. Very good exercise.  The landscape was especially tough,  not only different coloured leaves but the sun on the leaves added a lot of other tones. Thanks to folks for sharing. Good to know we are all at variable levels and that it will take practise. 64DB4B7E-372D-47E1-BE29-89A72487CEF7D1A0684E-8762-4932-A144-3A23F6BC6342
    • Karen O
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      Chirps: 14
      KarenOlgaz
      I have been trying to learn how to use watercolors, but it is challenging. I worked on this finch until  I realized I had forgotten to leave the crisp white edges of the feathers unpainted. Colors are not as true as I wish, the red brown was especially hard to try to match. Still do not understand which colors to mix to create my desired color. The red-brown for example was too gray, add red? or yellow? I will keep at it!rosy finch
    • Martha Davis
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      Chirps: 18
      pattonmd
      I'm enjoying this but am a total novice--have not used water colors at all (as an adult). Even the bare mechanics are a bit of a challenge: for instance, the thread on my brush seems off and I can't screw it on tightly. Nonetheless. color is amazing and I'm enjoying stepping into it.
    • Constance
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      Chirps: 26
      constancekel
      Making your own colors This was my first watercolor since second grade. I thought by restricting my effort to one tree, it would be easy to mix a few shades of green. But there are so many shades of green in this Western Red Cedar and the low angle of the sun this time of year in Seattle added even more variation. I was able to mix a light gold for the side where the sun was hitting the tree, but I never got a dark enough green on the far side; I just kept getting black rather than the dark green I wanted. As far as technique, I had trouble transferring a sufficient amount of color to the plastic palette so I could mix up the amount of color I would need--I need to work on that, too. As far as patterns of color, I should have been more methodical and gone back to the first color lesson. I should have mixed a variety of tints, tones, and shades since this is all so new to me. But, it was really enjoyable and I learned so much.
    • David
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      Chirps: 14
      yabking
      I have used watercolors before, briefly, but never really spent time learning to mix colors.  Previously, I would use a "close" color from the colors I had, but not spend the time to mix my own. I was definitely able to achieve the colors I wanted, and found that the exercises on tint, tone, and shade made a huge difference for me in getting the colors "right." Focusing on colors forced me to think about tint, tone, and shade, as well as color gradations.  Learning how to mix colors was actually quite exciting for me because I now realize that I can create virtually any color I want with a few basic colors.  It will radically reduce the size of my field drawing Palette Exercisekit, as well!!
    • Erin
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      Erin Eliza
      I will admit - this lesson was a little overwhelming. I have never tried watercolors or painting.  I did mix watercolors and was able to match a few of the colors in the sample finch. that allowed me to see the value of mixing.  The mountain scene is beautiful - but there are SO many shades and nuances in shadow and light that I didn't even really know how to start.  In the end, I decided to do a bit less mixing and play - so that I might start to learn from this raw start - how to handle a brush, what happens with this or that stroke, how does the color change as it fades and is that fading useful as a possible tool?   etc.     I have glanced now at the next lesson so I see some technique is coming and I look forward to a making gains. ColorExercise-sort of
    • Amy
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      Longster
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    • Amy
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      Chirps: 21
      amy_jay_bee
      44970E6C-0F38-4CAC-AEEC-BC64980898452F417E35-CA03-43A5-96CF-571631E4E4F6 Here are the fruits of my labors. I enjoyed trying different combinations of complimentary colors. They turned out really differently depending on how much of each color I used. I did a little with watercolors as a youngster, but I didn’t know much about color mixing. And handling the brush and getting the right amount of water is challenging. But the color mixing is getting easier as I get to know the colors. The Rosy-Finch was especially interesting because I used a lot of the same base colors, just in different combinations and quantities. I’m looking forward to trying this with actual objects.
    • Linda
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      LindaMizzell
      IMG_1355This was my first experience with watercolors. It became easier as I progressed in developing the palette.
    • Jean
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      jean skolnik
      I really enjoyed this. I had to wipe tray clean and start over a few times, but I found this exercise very useful and gave a lot of thought to it.palette 2
    • Jessica
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      Jessica_Ballard
      The watercolors were easier than I thought, plus the brush was very useful when using different colors and blending it into the correct shade. I tried using my color palette at the beach, I think I got similar colors but I felt that I couldn't get the proper tone with certain colors. However, I think this was a good start in understanding how to paint with watercolors and encourages me to practice my shades. Watercolors
    • Goldstone
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      Laura_G
      IMG_5404 I'm so happy we finally got to the color. The palette making is pretty tricky when there are soo many colors to choose from. I want to squint to see what the largest areas of color are, but that doesn't really help.
    • Aimee
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      aimee_lusty
      IMG_5468 I've played around with watercolors on my own with no real training. I tend to use colors right out of the pan (I have more color options) so this was very helpful to learn properties of mixing, tinting, toning, etc. I've created small palettes for the two images above and two birds see in the field today. Once I started picking out colors in the landscape I got overwhelmed with how many colors are actually there. I think I'll focus future palettes on picking out the most dominant and what best exemplifies field markings for quick studies, then go more into depth for finish pieces.
    • Chris
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      spiderman97219
      Getting depth is not easy-I have never done watercolor but I really like it. My Palette was not difficult to do. This is a great classRosey-finch
      • Linda
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        Lane Carter
        I really like this!  Did you get the wood effect by letting certain colors dry before adding others, or just adding them all in at once?  Also, were you able to get those dark lines at the top of the wood by using a pen?
    • Donna
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      donnacnh
      689F4EEB-333F-404A-AE4E-3B0CFA9EF9FD A little rainy day color theory practice.  Never really used water color before much, I like these brushes, but waiting for the paint to dry is tough.  On to the palettes this week.
    • Diana
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      dlb428
      This was difficult - took me days to complete.  I think it was premature to ask for a complicated watercolor at this stage after only a lesson on mixing colors.  There is so much more to painting this bird than just mixing colors.  I won’t even attempt the landscape at this point.CCEDE4C6-A924-4548-B864-32DC2E9EA6C6
      • Donna
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        donnacnh
        Wow!
    • Sandy
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      SRMelton
      There are so many variations of the 'same' color! That is one challenge, and another is creating the perception of texture. I've discovered details need to wait until theIMG_0010 base color is dry :)
    • Sandy
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      SRMelton
      IMG_0009I have taken a water color class before, but still find it a medium that challenges me! I appreciate the lesson progression, and had fun creating the palette.
    • Sarah
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      Chirps: 8
      Smyrna38
      42875EEB-67CC-47E2-A2A9-C6281E7605AC I may have ‘played with’ watercolors as a kid, but this is definitely a first understanding tint, tone, shade, and getting into the depth of mixing to create just the color I was trying to achieve. It took time for some, others I felt worked quickly. As with my original goals for this course, I’m applying patience and as much time as needed to achieve the desired effect. If I haven’t said it before, THANK YOU, Liz, for putting together this course in conjunction with my favorite hobby, birding.
    • Montecito
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      favelasco
      I used watercolour before, but it was difficult for me. I worked on both palettes, the landscape palette was more complex because it has a huge variety of colours, like all the colours you could think.  I am not sure i have them all. The bird´s palette was shorter, it was great to do this exercise, I enjoyed this more. The landscape was a challenge, because first I focused so much on the brighter colours and  when I though I had finished, then I realized all the colours from the sky were left. Mixing the colours was great.
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