Saturday, August 2, 2014

All the colours of white

'White' still life
Watercolours 16" x 23"
Here's a watercolour from my sketchbook last week. I was playing around in the studio with objects that were mostly white or very light colours, to take photos for a workshop exercise that I was doing. The photos looked great, and then I introduced this vintage green bottle that I have and got the watercolours out for a frolic.

Although this example here has strayed away from the principle, a still life composed of various white objects is actually a brilliant exercise for helping you to see and find subtle colour nuances, and get past the simplified notion of local colours.


It started like this

Bit further on

 A great big hello to the lovely folks at the Retford Art Society, who did all this smashing work and more on our one day workshop together last week, called 'Finding and using more colour'. We had a great day :-)

Student work

Student work


  1. Great work Haidee-Jo. Might I inquire what brand of sketchbook do you use, as your watercolours look fresh and bright? I am always on the lookout for a quality sketchbook that will take watercolours as well as drawings. Regards Joe

    1. Hi Joe, this one is handmade so I'm afraid it's not a brand I can tell you. However I also like Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks, have you seen those?

  2. Lovely watercolor sketch! Thanks for giving us a peek into your sketchbook.

  3. So luminous, I love the sketchbook.

  4. So luminous, I love your sketchbook.


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