Painting shadows when using yellow

Painting with yellow in watercolour

Painting with yellow in watercolour has a reputation for being tricky.

When you try to create shadows on your yellow subject it can be easy to misjudge your hues and end up with green shadows.

And that’s not what we want for something like a daffodil.

So in this little video I wanted to share with you my tips for mixing your shadow colours when working with yellow.

Why not buy yourself a bunch of daffs and experiment this weekend?

I also have a more in-depth version of this tip video as an article in Artists and Illustrators magazine so you might like to check that out too:

Anna Mason Yellow Shadows


And if you’re a member of my online school then the full step-by-step tutorial of this daffodil (in real-time, including the trumpet and stem), is available there.

Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve struggled with yellow before.

And if you do have a go at some daffs or anything else, I’d love it if you shared them via social media using #AnnaMasonArt so that I can see them!

Happy Painting,

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  1. Lesly Clark on February 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I have painted china for many years and have started to look into watercolors and colored pencils to add some variety into my painting knowledge. I am finding some good instructors and teachers amongst your videos.

    Thank you

  2. Lois on February 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Daffodil, video.
    Learned a lot from it.

  3. Carole Jurack on March 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this breath of springtime, Anna. I am going to sign up again for your watercolor lessons later this year. In the midst of a couple of other classes right now but DO want to get back to your wonderful tuition! I framed my poppy and enjoy looking at it every night at dinner! Best regards.

  4. Carol Ann Staines on May 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Love your work, Anna! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Georgia Brooks on March 22, 2018 at 10:33 am

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  6. Ginny Hoppe on August 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    What if you painted in watercolor a yellow house what do you use for c cool shadow?

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