Sue Archer

Sue Archer: Commanding Color

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Video Length: 2 Hours 20 Minutes



Learn the concepts Sue Archer NWS AWS TWSA employs to realize the bright, clean colors and strong light that define her work.

Sue breaks down her analytical painting process and explains the tools she uses with a series of lessons on pigment quality, design principals, and color theory. You'll learn to control value and contrast, harness the powerful white of your paper, design negative space, and energize your subjects with complementary colors. The lessons combine clearly illustrated theory with live demonstrations and practical examples from Sues personal gallery. Sue reinforces every concept as she works through a large wet into wet painting of a pineapple. You'll master your palette and paint with confidence in Commanding Color with Sue Archer.
 
Sue Archer uses complete command of the watercolor medium to realize the bright, clean colors and strong light that define her work. Her analytical style requires careful planning and thorough knowledge of composition.

Sue boosts your artistic confidence with a series of lessons on pigment quality, design principles, and color theory, culminating in a glowing still life of a pineapple. You'll learn to control value and contrast, harness the powerful white of your paper, design negative space, and energize your subjects with complementary colors.
 
The lessons combine clearly illustrated theory with live demonstrations and practical examples from Sue's personal gallery. Each concept comes in handy during the pineapple demonstration. Sue flows complementary colors onto pre-wet paper to create subtle transitions. You'll learn to cover large areas with transparent darks and add texture as you work.
  

 

BONUS CLIP: Curling Leaves

In this clip from her video workshop, Commanding Color, watercolorist Sue Archer shows you how to develop values without graying your colors. Sue layers the same pigments she already has on her paper to paint vivid middle values in a group of pineapple leaves. You learn how changing the color in one area of your composition affects viewers' perception of the rest of your painting.


 

 

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Teresa
an excellent workshop for all watercolor artists

I took an in person workshop with Sue Archer this past March and it was one of the best experiences, in art, I have had. I learned many new things about watercolor paints, pigments, and design. Sue is a fun teacher and very knowledgeable. The exercises were fun and useful. Value paintings are like calisthenics for artists and good to practice. The dvd largely reflects what we learned in the workshop and I am glad to have it to refresh my memory and use as a resource. I recommend this dvd to all artists.