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    RandyLouise
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    Recently I mentioned to someone on here that I liked using blues and violet glazed for shadow or a deeper value of the shadowed color by adding glazed of the same. I hadn’t always done that. I used to try to mix a shadow color and it always looked out of place to me.

    then I was reading one of my books on color and ran into this which is probably where I got the idea of blues and violets.

    Hazel Soan:

    Transparent blues make lively shadows. When the sun is at it’s height or the air is devoid of moisture, shadows may seem very dark, but if the sun is at an angle and there is moisture in the air they generally lean to blues and violets and are tinged with the reflected color from the adjacent object. The transparency of watercolor enables shadows to be laid as glazes on top of the other colors or painted first to fix them in place at the start of painting, thereby establishing them before they change with the angle of the sun or disappear altogether if the sky becomes overcast.

    Shadows belong to the object that casts them – they are an integral part of it and should not be treated as a separate feature, so link the blue into the object or continue the color of the object into the shadow.

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    this last point is so important. I always thought if the shadows as being a part of the shadowed object and thinking of it the way she explains it has really helped me.

    Here are the pictures that went along to illustrate her text and one of my portraits where you can see the violet in the shadows.

    http://mypaintedmemories.wordpress.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/yourwatercolormemory

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    RandyLouise
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    Rescued

    http://mypaintedmemories.wordpress.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/yourwatercolormemory

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    • #97797 Score: 0

      Petjoy
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      RL that is an especially beautiful portrait.  I love the eyes on girl and dog and the textile is lovely.  Portraits used to be one of my favourite things to paint

      Joyce

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    RandyLouise
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    Thanks Joyce. Portraits have definitely become my favorite.

    http://mypaintedmemories.wordpress.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/yourwatercolormemory

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    Brad
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    very nice work. those darks work really well

    Take time to look and make sure you see.

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