Working with Color
I’m so proud that Quarto Books asked me to write The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, the fifth volume in their respected Urban Sketching Handbook series!
It was a lot of fun to write and to choose sketches from my own archives and from artists I admire from around the world.
I know that, for a variety of reasons, many people can’t attend my workshops. While a book will never replace the live experience, I did try to cram this one with enough tips, techniques, illustrations and examples — especially as they apply to seeing and using colour on location — that you’ll get a good sense of how I work and what I teach.
Individual expression pretty much sums up my biggest and most important lesson. And I believe in expressing your individuality and creativity through colour. My book covers colour-water ratio, how to achieve bold colour, avoiding muddy washes, painting in layers, and using wet-in-wet techniques.
You’ll also find my personal take on:
- Supplies and materials
- Sample colour palettes
- Color mixing
- Using limited palettes
- Monochrome sketching
- The power of complementary colours
- And, of course, using evocative, expressive and individual colour
It’s a guidebook, reference manual and how-to. So I hope you’ll keep your copy handy and that it helps you gain confidence as your practice, practice, practice!
What People Are Saying
“I was excited to see that she shares a great deal about her green mixes, shadow mixes, neutrals, etc. I am a landscape painter living in a tropical setting, so tackling those walls of green have been a challenge and I can’t wait to experiment with some of these new mixes.”Catherine Moore
“A vibrant collection of painter’s wisdom, served up with colorful artwork and friendly and encouraging captions.”James Gurney
“Spoiler alert: It’s worth reading. Blaukopf is a master of color, period. Whatever your chosen medium, her color principles and practices will apply. You don’t need a degree in color theory to understand these principles – you just need Blaukopf to explain them simply and succinctly (with a heavy dose of excellent sketch examples so that you can see what you are reading).”Tina Koyama