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How To Paint A Gray Picture, Chapter Two In Which The Artist Makes Himself Happy

February 25, 2020

Last week I posted the underpainting which was bold to the point of being out of control in my opinion. And in case you’re wondering, when it comes to my art, MY opinion is paramount!

Here’s how I resolved the color issues I created: cool payne’s gray over the gold ochre to establish warm / cool tension; warm portland gray over the viridian green for the same reason.

As much as I disliked the broad band of viridian in the underpainting, the glowing remains of that color really activate the bottom of the composition. Hints of pink are all that are left of that broad stroke of hotness! I wanted to draw the eye to the horizon with that visually demanding color

Is it finished? Maybe.

Let’s keep in touch,


“Well it’s all right now. I’ve learned my lesson well. You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.” ~ Ricky Nelson


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