This week in my classes that I am teaching at The Art Location we are focusing on value. I admit I am still a student of value myself. So this lesson is for me and those in my class. The virtual instructor gives us a good definition here:
value can also be a part of describing atmosphere in a landscape or any painting that has shapes or subjects behind a main subject. The “Helpful Art Teacher” Has described it very well here:
Now an interesting twist in watercolors is that you do not typically use white or black to lighten or darken a color. Not using black or white watercolor paint is to be a “purest” watercolorist. To increase the colors to a high key value you just add more water and less pigment. See the note in this link about white paint in watercolors and how it changes the transparency.
I will end with an example of a high key painting of mine…