I just got back from giving my watercolor workshop at SnowFarm in Massachusetts. Below are some photos from that journey that includes a two shots of my wonderful students that attended. If any one has a chance to spend of week at SnowFarm it is an experience that you will not forget. It is a wonderful experience to spend a week immersed in your art making, meeting new people and just having a good time.
Below are two paintings that I did to illustrate principles that I was teaching. People relate the most to the contrast of lights and darks. The greater you can stretch those values the more the viewer will respond. The greater you can stretch the contrast of temperature within the work the more people will also respond. Hue is the least important of the three. The inexperienced artist always spends way to much time trying to match color exactly as it is seen. Through value and temperature one can give the work its emotional language that the viewer can read.