It’s a deep dive into MOONGLOW! If you love the watercolor hue from Daniel Smith the way I do, you may already know everything I’m about to show you. But if not—you’re in for a treat to explore a color with many uses!

One of my YouTube subscribers commented this, so you can thank them for this post:

Tutorial: Ways to use Moonglow in your next watercolor painting

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Ways to use Moonglow

These paintings were sketched to show you approximately how they were painted (below)….if they’re available as originals I’ve linked them, and if they’ve been added to my BRAND NEW SHOP for prints, that’s linked too!

 

Moonglow is mixed with YO ithroughout

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Moonglow is mixed with YO iand TRO throughout

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Moonglow is throughout shadows.

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Moonglow is mixed in treeline in back and shadows

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 More paintings with Moonglow

Tap on a link below each painting.

Moonglow is mixed with TRO and YO in the hare

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Moonglow is mixed with French Ultr. after ink drawing

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Moonglow is background color

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Moonglow is background plus some shadows in flowers

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Moonglow is everywhere – including the aurora borealis!

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Moonglow and YO throughout

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Moonglow is mixed with TRO in the rabbit

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Moonglow is mixed in building colors to push them further away.

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Moonglow is mixed iwith YO in sheep and Shepherd.

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Moonglow chimp…aka “The Thinker”

The chimp has been designated a thinker due to the intense expression…he has his arms crossed as he ponders the meaning of life!  🙂

This painting was a fun experiment! I wanted to paint something with a lot of Moonglow to help answer the request from a subscriber; I’ve used the color enough to know some colors that work well with it, and that I can render something that “should” be black in a way that gives it more life.

I’m mostly quite satisfied with the outcome – although I’d love to have been looser with my technique! The first wash is always nice and loose but I tend to get so tight and controlled in the end stge, so it’s a battle of style I think I’ll keep fighting my whole life. ha!

The chimp painting is available as the original painting HERE, or prints (and pillows, bags etc) HERE.

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Supplies

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  1. House of Hoffman Palette 
  2. Daniel Smith Watercolors: 
    1. Moonglow 
    2. Yellow Ochre 
    3. Transparent Red Oxide 
  3. Brushes:
    1. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #10 
    2. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8
    3. Winsor Newton flat 3/4 sable one stroke brush 
    4. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 2 
    5. Da Vinci Series 17 Maestro Long Needle, Size 9 
  4. Saunders Waterford Cold Press Sheets
  5. Artist tape 3/4″ 

2 Comments

  1. Karen Zemko

    That chimp just blows my mind! So detailed it doesn’t look like watercolor (not meant in a bad way). You always give such good info and instruction. tFS

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  2. Karen L.

    Outstanding! I have had moonglow for quite some time, but didn’t know what to do with it. Thank you for giving so many examples! Now I’m inspired to start using it! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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