This post is going to be about getting comfortable switching quickly between light and dark shades.
Next Wednesday, I'm going to have a pos about how starting to paint can make you figure things out, and for me, last night, that meant switching between light and dark shades.
Let me explain before I go any further. When I paint, I have base colors. That's the shade I use over large portions of what I'm painting. When I talk about light or dark shades, I'm referring to shades either lighter or darker than that base tone.
So for example, on the monkey's torso, the very dark gray, almost black really, is the base. On his head, the medium gray is the base.
What switching back and forth between light and dark shades meant was that I was frequently remixing colors.
But it was okay, because I knew what I was doing. I had a direction where I was going.
I would do a few strokes that were darker than my base color and then see another area that was lighter and have to remix in order to paint it.
I learned that it really doesn't matter if I use one shade for a long time or frequently move back and forth between lights and darks as long as I find myself moving forward with a piece.
So do you always use one shade for as long as possible before switching or do you ever switch frequently like I'm describing. Tell me in the comments.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife