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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Flowers in Glass Vase

Flowers in Glass Vase
12x16 inches
oil on panel

Painter's Tip:

Mix Early for Clean Color

When I need to work quickly, I will pre-mix three values of any hue or combination of hues that I plan to use. It saves so much time and allows me to fill in the more subtle value changes as I go along. For example, I will mix the darkest, lightest and middle value in three separate mixtures.

Having pre-mixed color is especially useful for florals because the clean rich chroma is so beautiful with flower blossoms. Save the mud for another time. Flowers cry out for color in painting.

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