These are two exercises to make us consider carefully the colour temperature. We seem to be given free rein about what medium to use, as well as watercolour: gouache, oil pastel, pencil, charcoal etc.
1.) The first is on a warm coloured background. I have chosen yellow ochre and am doing a sketch first although the course does not require it.
This is a painting of a small terracotta sculpture. Watercolour on sketchbook _ 17 April 2015_ 21 x 29.7 cm (paper)
Watercolour on paper_ 18 April 2015_ 29.7 x 42 cm
2.) The second exercise is a ‘cool’ colour background . I have used Payne’s Grey and the image of ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure 5’ by Henry Moore, which is sited in the grounds of Kenwood House. First a sketch using oil pastels. Watercolour and oil pastel on sketchbook_ 19 April 2015_ 29.7 x 21 cm (paper)
Watercolour and gouache on paper_ 19 April 2015_ 42 x 29.7 cm
Note: I am asked to notice the difference that working on a warm and a cool tonal background has. I liked that it made me concentrate on the lights and darks more than I do normally, but for me that was the same whether I worked with warm or cool colours.