This painting is all about neutrals. Neutrals are those colors that have no name. They are mixed by using the color wheel to combine opposite colors. The result is glorious mud colored pigment.
I think I captured the light in the hallway and my sweet Fig Newton dog as he strolled to the studio behind me.
What I have learned so far :
Neutrals are important to see as value shapes. You can use them to focus the attention on shapes that perhaps you don't want to emphasize but you need to include for the illusion of depth.
I used to fear neutrals and now I embrace them and plan to use them in my peony attempts soon to come.
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