In class Tuesday, I worked on this while my students were working on their paintings. Two had already done the Notan study and then, using the photo and the study, they were painting their swans in whatever color they chose. Since I had already done one in cool colors, I chose warms for this one.
Since I only have 3 students, I can gear the lessons around what they want - if they have any ideas or suggestions. When I asked if there was anything special they wanted to learn, they said they had a hard time getting their darks dark enough so would like to learn how to mix darks or what darks to use out of the tube. That will be our next lesson and I'll be making charts of my darks out of the tube and mixed to give them some ideas. Of course, it's all a matter of using a strong enough mix of pigment and water on the paper and not diluting it down too much - and not painting too dry so the paint won't flow. It never hurts to return to the basics for me - to try out some new colors I have and see what they will do.
Today is Maggie Latham's last day of her 31 Days of Colour. If you haven't checked out her blog, go over there and gain some very valuable information, whether you're a beginning student or an old hand at watercolor!