View Full Version : Project Discussion: 1, 2, then 3 colors

07-24-2003, 01:45 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: 1, 2, then 3 colors
Project Leader: droll13
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Watercolor paints
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited


1) Create a painting of any subject you choose IN MONOCHROME (one color only, no white or black added).
2) Do the same composition in 2 colors (no added white or black).
3) Now add a 3rd color (again, no added white or black please).
4) Do each in the same size and with the same paper.
5) Tell us the size of your work, the paper, and your color(s).
Finally, let us know if this helped you in any way. If so, how?

Sorry, no reference images available - it's wide open!

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=486)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

07-25-2003, 04:59 AM
This sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I have the patience to paint three paintings of the same subject, the same size, etc. I tend to paint all types of subjects, because I get bored easily.

I'll have to think about this before committing myself! LOL

07-25-2003, 06:14 AM
I think this sounds like an interesting experiment. Might do a small, 5"x7" flower and give it a try. Hm-m-m, maybe a purple underpainting for the monochrome one????

07-25-2003, 05:40 PM
hadn't thought of underpainting as one of the colours... that's an interesting idea... and certainly would be a good lesson.

07-25-2003, 10:27 PM
this sounds right up my ally. i think i will sign up!


08-31-2003, 11:33 PM
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Dave, I really like this!!
I do have one suggestion, though... you might want to consider softening the line of the white space, just above the horizon...
But this painting is truly beautiful!! Wow, you apparently do landscapes very well!!!

09-01-2003, 12:12 AM
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Thank you Holly.

Actually, I never got around to finishing this, just took it far enough to check out the values. Next step is 2-color. I can't decide between Purple & Yellow (thinking of an early evening scene with the foreground backlit), or Blue & Orange (actually would probably use burnt sienna for bright sunlit patches in the foreground).

09-02-2003, 04:57 PM
would love to join...but I HATE to do the same thing over more than once.....:mad:

I'll just admire all your wonderful work

09-02-2003, 07:58 PM
I hear you Pam. I have to force myself to return to a previous composition, and I suspect many of us are like that. Guess that's why nobody else has gotten into thsi project.

But this is just the lull before the storm - I'm confident we'll soon be inundated by entries. Watch out Alan, We're gonna catch up to ya!

Yeah right. (LOL)

09-12-2003, 04:09 PM
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Interesting start

Can you explain a little more about this project?

09-12-2003, 06:35 PM

My logic was this:

Based on my own failures and on what I've read in WC, a major cause for a failed painting is incorrect values. ("More DARKS." Where have I heard that?) So I thought an initial 1 color study would be the place to start.

I also think many of us beginners get seduced by too many colors and never learn how very much can be produced with just 2 colors. We also may not learn how to mix the right color if we rely on buying all our colors. Hence the 2-color phase.

And because many folks might feel too constrained with only 2 colors, I added the 3rd version.

My hope was that step 1 would lead to a better painting in step 2, and an even better one in step 3.

In retrospect, I think 3 paintings is asking too for way too much. Judging from the lack of interest, others probably agree.

Hope this answers your questions. If not, let me know.

09-14-2003, 04:31 PM
Okay, i am trying to do this. Haven't officially signed up yet... The monochrome came out pretty well, value-wise, but the composition took on a life of its own and completely overruled any ideas i had for it!!

Think this is a very good exercise... but i try VERY hard to avoid exercise.

Am scared to death to do it with that second color added. Just sign this "the Queen of Mud Flats"

09-14-2003, 05:34 PM

Thanks for joining (well, almost joining). Looking forward to seeing your entries.

09-14-2003, 05:41 PM
Dave, this is a good project. I've been thinking about doing it and certainly NEED to do it. Am just lazy and haven't gotten around to it yet. Don't get discouraged because no one has yet signed up--I bet you will still get some participation. I think the key is to make small paintings with a simple compositions. Otherwise it is too much work.

09-14-2003, 05:45 PM
Dave, I just signed up. Looks like it will be a great project!


09-25-2003, 08:42 PM
Cheryl & Elizabeth - thanks for your interest.

Rod, thanks for moving this into the new watercolor projects forum.

09-26-2003, 11:41 AM
Dave, as much as I hate to bestir myself, I'll try to come up w/at least a monochrome painting. I'm in a "creative pause" right now, so don't hold your breath! LOL:)


09-26-2003, 02:34 PM

I know about those "creative pauses". The one I'm currently in has lasted about 35 years.

02-15-2004, 10:59 PM
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This is painting # 1 . I started this painting in a purple hue. The size is 9 x 12.

02-15-2004, 11:06 PM
Thanks for your entry, pastelist. Very delicate and lovely, as flowers should be.

02-15-2004, 11:12 PM
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This is the second entry. I started to use an emerald green. The size is 9 x 12.

02-15-2004, 11:15 PM
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This is the third and final entry. I completed my painting with a rose wash.
The size is 9 x 12. This was a great project. Thanks for allowing me to participate.

02-16-2004, 09:50 AM
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I enjoyed your 2nd and 3rd entries. And I'm glad you found this to be a useful project. IMO, it's amazing how much you can say in 3 or fewer colors.

02-16-2004, 06:08 PM
Thanks Droll13 for your kind words. I really enjoyed your project.
Thanks again for allowing me to participate.

05-31-2004, 07:42 PM
Wow. I just spent all morning practicing monochrome painting.What a coincedence that this was the top post under watercolors.
See attached. Now I can't wait to try 2 and 3 color!


06-06-2004, 10:18 AM
Well, I did 2 colors - does it help with the overall composition? or did the one color express it enough? Just wondering.

06-06-2004, 11:23 AM

Both the 1 and 2 color versions are well done. Really good job on the glass - I especially like the raised lettering. What colors did you use?

The floral sketch is very nice too. Lot's of possibilities for a finished work there.

I had forgotten all about this project, and I appreciate your participation. Looking forward to seeing the 3-color version(s).

06-06-2004, 09:04 PM
Thanks... I used Jo Sonja's Gouache... payne's grey mixed with alizarine crimson for one color. then the second color is a touch of burnt sienna mixed in. Not sure what third color to add. I thought about a touch of gold for the frames but wan't sure it would show in the digital pic.


02-03-2005, 04:18 AM
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does a mix count as one colour?...I suppose it must do...may have a shot at this category too, this is a lovely painting ....

02-09-2005, 07:13 PM
A coloured pencil sketch manipulated on PC with an early PSP programme
Does this count as a 2 colour entry? I have printed it on glossy paper and it came up really well.


02-09-2005, 07:42 PM
Lovely sketch Laurie - lots of personality showing in the dog's quiet expression. Reminds me of the dogs my folks had when I was a lad.

Thanks for participating in what must be the least active project in WetCanvas! history.

02-09-2005, 07:53 PM
Lovely sketch Laurie - lots of personality showing in the dog's quiet expression. Reminds me of the dogs my folks had when I was a lad.

Thanks for participating in what must be the least active project in WetCanvas! history.

What is the next step...continue with the pencil sketch and paint it or continue manipulating with PSP..which, by the way, makes me feel like a traitor to the cause :cat:

02-09-2005, 07:55 PM
P.s. Thankyou for the kind comments....and trust me...I'll hang around I enjoy 1-2-3 colour work...my very first entry to WC was with a 2 colour painting...see below :clap:

02-25-2005, 04:14 PM
I do believe my little dachshund should have been posted in the Digital forum...I didn't know it even existed til yesterday......sorry about that. :confused: