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  • Writer's pictureRobert Hopkins

Watercolors, Gouache, Peter Sheeler, Karen Margulis...

I took the last two weeks off while I thought things through... I want to paint like Peter and Karen. It's plain and simple as that.

I want my main watercolor palette to be simple and effective. Just like Peters.

I want my paintings to look like Karen's, but I can accomplish the same art using watercolor and gouache on the top.

So, this is my plan...

I mounted all of my watercolor paints on a board so I can find what I am looking for. Karen uses hundreds of different pastels in her artwork. I needed to find just the right color if I did not feel I could mix it with my base water colors (below).


Here is the main palette I am using provided by Peter Sheeler with two additions: Payne's Gray and Titanium White.

Ultramarine Blue (green shade), Yellow Ochre, Hookers Green, Burnt Sienna, Payne's Gray, Davy's Gray, Quinacridone Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Titanium White

Using these base water colors for all of my mixing I will paint the entire painting using these paints. At the end of the painting I will use any gouache colors as discord colors, opaque White (tree holes mixed with watercolor for hue), last minute fixes.

Thoughts anyone?

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