I painted this mono-color watercolor a few years back, and am always drawn to it because of my love of Asian brush/ink painting. Mono-color painting is a GREAT way to exercise your control over value. Value control is part of the foundation for most all art mediums. I have an hour and fifteen minute DVD where I paint and talk about portraiture watercolor techniques and value control. Internationally renowned Nicholas Simmons wrote an endorsement of this DVD that is printed on the back cover. It sells for $50.00 plus postage. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for particulars. By the way, I had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas Simmons about a year ago when he came to California to conduct a workshop for the California Watercolor Association. The handsome guy with the beard is me :-)
I might have exaggerated this slightly, but the white fur on a polar bear will reflect colors surrounding the bear. Most all surfaces will reflect surrounding colors. This is a small 5 inch by 8 inch watercolor I did for a demonstration in one of my many watercolor workshops. Painted on 140lb. Arches cold press. I hardly ever tape down my paper. It just lies on whatever surface as I am painting.