Sun Kissed
watercolor on paper
20 x 28 inches
©2016  Karen Sioson

Colors used:
All DANIEL SMITH Artist Grade Watercolors

lemon yellow
new gamboge
rhodonite genuine
anthraquinoid red
cerulean blue
cobalt teal
cobalt blue
phthalo green
sap green
neutral tint

plus small amounts of some colors to slightly alter the tube greens.  See what colors in the steps.

paper: Fabriano Artistico 140 lb cold press watercolor paper

karensioson_sun-kissed
karensioson_sun-kissed

Sun Kissed
watercolor on paper
20 x 28 inches
©2016  Karen Sioson

Colors used:
All DANIEL SMITH Artist Grade Watercolors

lemon yellow
new gamboge
rhodonite genuine
anthraquinoid red
cerulean blue
cobalt teal
cobalt blue
phthalo green
sap green
neutral tint

plus small amounts of some colors to slightly alter the tube greens.  See what colors in the steps.

paper: Fabriano Artistico 140 lb cold press watercolor paper

STEP-BY-STEP

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This is more like tips during various stages of the painting than a true step-by-step.

I started this painting with the bloom.  Other mediums use the color white to change the lightness of a color. Watercolors use the whiteness of the paper to tint colors or make them appear lighter.  The more water you use to dilute the pigments, the lighter the color.

Areas that need to appear white, do not put paint on.  They will not look white in the beginning as most papers come in off white or very light cream color but as you add more hues and start shading, it will strengthen the illusion that those untouched areas are white.

For the bloom, I used the following colors:

lemon yellow
new gamboge
rhodonite genuine
cerulean blue
cobalt teal
cobalt blue

karensioson_sun-kissed_1

This is more like tips during various stages of the painting than a true step-by-step.

I started this painting with the bloom.  Other mediums use the color white to change the lightness of a color. Watercolors use the whiteness of the paper to tint colors or make them appear lighter.  The more water you use to dilute the pigments, the lighter the color.

Areas that need to appear white, do not put paint on.  They will not look white in the beginning as most papers come in off white or very light cream color but as you add more hues and start shading, it will strengthen the illusion that those untouched areas are white.

karensioson_sun-kissed_1

For the bloom, I used the following colors:

lemon yellow
new gamboge
rhodonite genuine
cerulean blue
cobalt teal
cobalt blue

Yep, nerdy that way.  I test all colors I get my hands on.  Glad DS dot cards are available which allow you to test colors without needing to commit to whole tubes.  I saved a lot and discovered many favorite colors this way.   The test cards also allow me to use colors strategically.  Before each painting, while I am studying the subject, I go through my color cards to help me decide which colors to use for my palette.

Jadeite genuine is from the PrimaTek line.  I included here just to show the characteristic of the pigment.  Good for suggesting leaf texture.

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karensioson_sun-kissed_4
karensioson_sun-kissed_2

Yep, nerdy that way.  I test all colors I get my hands on.  Glad DS dot cards are available which allow you to test colors without needing to commit to whole tubes.  I saved a lot and discovered many favorite colors this way.   The test cards also allow me to use colors strategically.  Before each painting, while I am studying the subject, I go through my color cards to help me decide which colors to use for my palette.

karensioson_sun-kissed_3

Jadeite Genuine is from the PrimaTek line.  I included here just to show the characteristic of the pigment.  Good for suggesting leaf texture.

karensioson_sun-kissed_4

First time actually for me to use the Rhodonite genuine in a painting.  It does mix well with lemon yellow and cobalt blue.  Quite a range actually.  See the picture on the right.  Makes beautiful purple, green, orange and even the grays look good - the three samples at bottom were of a mix of the three colors in varying ratio.  Good neutrals.  I got the brown from here for the dark stamens.

Below, I used three colors for the parts that reflect sky color.  Cobalt blue, cerulean blue and cobalt teal blue.  Mix shown here although I seem to have forgotten to label the middle part (got cut where pure cerulean blue was.  Shows where I pulled it into the cobalt blue and cobalt teal blue mix though).  Most of the time, I try to use minimal agitation when laying colors next to each other so individual pigments still show through.  

karensioson_sun-kissed_5
karensioson_sun-kissed_6

First time actually for me to use the Rhodonite genuine in a painting.  It does mix well with lemon yellow and cobalt blue.  Quite a range actually.

karensioson_sun-kissed_6

Makes beautiful purple, green, orange and even the grays look good - the three samples at bottom were of a mix of the three colors in varying ratio.  Good neutrals.  I got the brown from here for the dark stamens.

karensioson_sun-kissed_5

I used three colors for the parts that reflect sky color.  Cobalt blue, cerulean blue and cobalt teal blue.  Mix shown here although I seem to have forgotten to label the middle part (got cut where pure cerulean blue was.  Shows where I pulled it into the cobalt blue and cobalt teal blue mix though).  Most of the time, I try to use minimal agitation when laying colors next to each other so individual pigments still show through.  

Above mixes applied to first layer on flower.  

karensioson_sun-kissed_1

Now the greens.  I do use tube greens.   Straight from the tube, they may look too strong...  not always natural looking.  With a bit of tweaking, they can be great additions to your palette.  Very convenient.

I could not resist finishing the leaves on top left corner area.  I wanted to see the petals pop out.

My base greens are sap green and phthalo green but I alter it by adding colors from my bloom palette.  You can see this in my first layer for the leaves.   

Some favorite colors for mixing with phthalo and sap green, anthraquinoid red and carbazole violet.  Anthraquinoid red and phthalo green gives a beautiful black.  Carbazole violet and greens make beautiful dark browns.  

Neutral black is a good black also.  Can be used to darken the greens without altering the temperature.

karensioson_sun-kissed_9
karensioson_sun-kissed_8

Now the greens.  I do use tube greens.   Straight from the tube, they may look too strong...  not always natural looking.  With a bit of tweaking, they can be great additions to your palette.  Very convenient.

karensioson_sun-kissed_8

I could not resist finishing the leaves on top left corner area.  I wanted to see the petals pop out.

karensioson_sun-kissed_9

My base greens are sap green and phthalo green but I alter it by adding colors from my bloom palette.  You can see this in my first layer for the leaves.   

Some favorite colors for mixing with phthalo and sap green, anthraquinoid red and carbazole violet.  Anthraquinoid red and phthalo green gives a beautiful black.  Carbazole violet and greens make beautiful dark browns.  

Neutral black is a good black also.  Can be used to darken the greens without altering the temperature.

Favorite tube greens and colors for tweaking the greens.

  1. ulramarine turquoise
  2. viridian
  3. phthalo green
  4. sap green
  5. cascade green
  6. quinacridone burnt sienna
  7. hot mulled cider wine
  8. cobalt teal blue
  9. cerulean blue
  10. cobalt blue
  11. carbazole violet
  12. anthraquinoid red

Actually, I use almost all colors here on my palette for altering greens.  

karensioson_sun-kissed_10
karensioson_sun-kissed_10

Favorite tube greens and colors for tweaking the greens.

  1. ulramarine turquoise
  2. viridian
  3. phthalo green
  4. sap green
  5. cascade green
  6. quinacridone burnt sienna
  7. hot mulled cider wine
  8. cobalt teal blue
  9. cerulean blue
  10. cobalt blue
  11. carbazole violet
  12. anthraquinoid red

Actually, I use almost all colors here on my palette for altering greens.  

While the leaves part is drying, I worked on the bloom again.  The second layer for the bloom looks too dark but that is because color is relative.  Looks dark against the light background.  Once I put in the background color (cobalt blue and cerulean blue), that too dark bottom petal will look just right  The background would also define and complete the illusion that the petals are white.

karensioson_sun-kissed_11
karensioson_sun-kissed_12

While the leaves part is drying, I worked on the bloom again.

karensioson_sun-kissed_11

The second layer for the bloom looks too dark but that is because color is relative.  Looks dark against the light background.

karensioson_sun-kissed_12

Once I put in the background color (cobalt blue and cerulean blue), that too dark bottom petal will look just right  The background would also define and complete the illusion that the petals are white.

And done.

karensioson_sun-kissed

Sun Kissed
watercolor on paper
20 x 28 inches
© 2016 Karen Sioson

Big thank you to DE's Artroom for bringing DANIEL SMITH Watercolors to the Philippines.

 

Read more about DE's Artroom here»

More articles featuring DANIEL SMITH, click here.

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Big thank you to DE's Artroom for bringing DANIEL SMITH Watercolors to the Philippines. 

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