Daily Art #3046

Complementary and neutral colors are outside of my comfort zone.

As I’m painting today, trying to work with neutrals of them, I realized that mixing those two complementary colors together doesn’t make neutral. What it makes is a very saturated gray, if gray could be saturated. But it is much more saturated than the gray that you get from mixing black and white.

This realization has changed everything because mixing black and white into these colors also changes those colors. So when I originally picked a yellow and I mix an ivory black with it it turns green which is very neutral yes but looks terrible.

Also I realize that I’m painting too thickly and I really need to thin out the paint for these neutral layers. So that when I put paint on top of it I’m not picking up what’s below it and it will not affect the second layer of paint.

After an hour I scraped off what I was doing so that I could change colors. And I would like to wipe down the whole canvas but I forgot to seal my drawing with GAC 100.

Even after working with the neutrals I’m having a lot of trouble with this approach for a figure or portrait. It’s new for me and I need to try and push through the discomfort because I’m learning a lot.

Rajiv Four

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What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Productive day!

What needs work? What did you learn?

Better sleep tonight.

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Eat well, shutdown on time and meditate before bed.

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