Jeanne Dobie’s book “Making Color Sing”, and made a lot of notes. Some her ideas are clear to me and experienced already, other (the ones about color composition, dynamic shapes arrangement, structure of values, relationships in painting, midtones and patterns) need to be thought about and practiced further.
Overall I can say that the book gives a lot of advice about color, especially in watercolor. Very well written (I mean short and clear recommendations, illustrated with color schemes and her amazing, just amazing paintings). Her motto is “Think and plan, then paint” (this is confusing, as I prefer "to start the battle" first))..
Further I post some of my notes/color demos based on her book.
2. Mixing grays.
Equal amount of 3 primaries gives dull neutral. Color, surrounded by this neutral when added it’s compliment makes color sing.
3. The colors in mixture should have same temperature, otherwise the mixture will be dull.
Mix yellow with green, then add some red.
5. Mixing cool and warm gives air to the painting.
7. When color is surrounded by its compliment with different temperature and adjusted value, it starts singing.
9. Glazes. The art of non-mixing. Glazes can be used as subject, around subject (complement, to make subject sing), over subject (compliment, to make dull color interesting), glazing shadows.