Direct Watercolor, Day 5, 6, 7 and 8

Day 5 of theĀ Direct Watercolor challenge. I’m having more success (and less muddiness) with my darks since I switched out my burnt umber for sepia. Indanthrone blue (or sometimesĀ  Indigo) and Sepia are what I’m using in those darkest darks.


Day 6. A portrait of my daughter Kavya. Painted while she read a book.

Day 7. The East Bay Hills as seen from the Warm Springs Bart Station in Fremont.

Day 8 is a portrait from a life drawing session.


Am I learning from the challenge? I’m sure I am, but it’s not something I can clearly articulate or point to in my work. Yet.

You can join the Direct Watercolor group on facebook here. When you post, tag your work with #30x30DirectWatercolor2018


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to Direct Watercolor, Day 5, 6, 7 and 8

  1. Carmela Sunnyvale says:

    Suhita–thanks for sharing your work during this 30 day challenge. The top cafe painting demonstrates the effects of areas of white leading one’s eye through the painting–very effective!

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  2. Mary says:

    Love the portrait! What mix did you use for that incredible skin? I struggle with that…


    • Hmmm,all my skin tones are mix of a yellow, red and a blue. I can’t be sure what I used here,but I know I just play withe the three primaries in my palette ( current colors under the supplies tab)


  3. pbass wil says:

    I’m loving being a witness to your endless creative progression! I always learn something, and am charmed by your images as I do.
    I first got Sepia after seeing how Peter Sheeler used it in a video. It’s, like, the magic balance of density and rich, subterranean hue! And can be usefully mixed with just about _anything_, can’t it?
    I’m guessing the DS version is just a blend of Ivory Black and Raw Umber.
    I use it as the base for mixes of a whole range of brighter hued earths. For instance, with some BntSienna it becomes my basic med. brown.


    • Thanks for the information: now I’m curious to see what I can do to get a lot of tones out of sepia, yes it looks like a really promising color!


      • pbass wil says:

        Since you’re interested, Suhita, here’s one for you:
        D.S. Sepia + QuinBurntOrange make the most glorious mahogany brown! :^}
        In the right proportions, it’s almost indistinguishable from Trans.BrownOxide.

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  4. Genie Geer says:

    Wow great info!!

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  5. pbass wil, thanks for the suggestion, I am going to try it!


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