Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Gray is the Way


I'm in value boot camp and nothing is as it really seems when it comes to lights, darks, reflected light and local color. The whites can't be too white or there's no room for the highlight. So what color would 'read' white, but not be straight from the tube white? 
Grays. Green gray, violet gray, orange gray ad infinitum. You can mix endless beautiful grays. I'd like to say that I finished this but I wiped it because I veered off the path and created mud. 
It happens.
"Lonely" 6x6 oil on gesso board

6 comments:

Marie Theron said...

I had fun, Mary, studying one colorful and one somber object! LONELY is so suitable for his palette. Have you tried buying white from different manufacturers? You'll be surprised at the variety of hues!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I am always veering but it sure is fun in the process, yes? Great job on the shadow, and I'm starting to think I need a little pig just like this one!

Stephanie Berry said...

I love all your little piggy paintings-especially the green one. They are so playful and interesting.

Nora MacPhail said...

Both of these are gorgeous! Wonderful sensational grays!
Happy Painting.

Karen Bruson said...

Love your grays and all your pigs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,
I am loving this pig!!!!! Diane scott

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