Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mixing Exercise 17

Exercise 17 - Grays and neutrals from yellow and violet with green-yellow and mixed bright blue-violet. Winsor Lemon, French Ultramarine, and Permanent Rose.

I'm beginning to understand these recent exercises. They're kind of like a guided exploration. What happens when I dance around a complementary set? I've read about true complements being mixed to grays and I think I'm very close with today's exercises. It's all rather fascinating and exciting. :-)

I'm also now trying to lay down smooth washes by tilting my paper and using full deep strokes--that is, instead of flat down with little pecking strokes. The mix consistency seems important in achieving a smooth wash. Too thick and it streaks.

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