Value, as we learned before, is one of the most important elements of a painting. Jack Reid realized this, so he devoted an entire section of his book, Watercolor Basics, to value studies. Here are five quick value studies in sepia watercolor that I created while working through that chapter. Notice that you can do a lot with mostly flat washes and the occasional graded wash! By “glazing”, or layering flat washes of the same color over each other, you can increase both value and intensity. (Sepia, of course, has almost no intensity at all, so you just gain value by glazing.) Wet-in-wet is nice, but it isn’t necessary. Using it or not is a personal preference. I used a little bit of dry brush to show grass in the second study.
To be continued!