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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Palms Near Cross Creek

Palms Near Cross Creek
8x10 inches
acrylic on panel
Silver Plein Air Frame

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Painters Tip

The Black Issue

Few artists admit to liking black as a color on their palette these days. It seems all the rage to belittle this useful color.

I love black. It is useful for landscapes making yummy greens, grays and blues.

Yes, indiscriminate use of black can dull or deaden a painting but used skillfully black can add many great tones and colors.

I love it mixed with warm and cool yellows and oranges to make various shades of green and it is super for graying down distant lines of trees, pushing them back for greater depth. Adding a touch of black to the grays in your clouds will produce great shadows too.

Though I rarely use black alone, it is a great mixture in other hues.

I will keep using this color, even though it is unpopular.

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