Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shades of Grey

The tree is too tall or the cliff is too short... everything is relative, and it didn't matter anyway, since it was more about the color today.
So... I'm just playing around a little with shades of grey, or very greyed tones on a small piece of paper early this morning. I thought my sky and background was nearly white until I took the tape off, and then I was astonished at how dark it was.

Notes to self:
--Background done with a pale yellow ochre wash, dried well, and then a thin mix of rose madder and cerulean was stroked over all.
--Yellow ochre and cerulean with a bit of french ultramarine and burnt sienna ( I know -- sounds like a lot, but it worked...) made the most interesting greys today, with lots of granulation happening even if just a touch of cerulean was added.
--Dark greyed green -- winsor green (believe it or not) with yellow ochre and french ultramarine mixed in a nice streaky mix, and then a touch of burnt sienna to that to dull it down

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Cin said...

Linda, it is beautiful! the simplicity and wonderful gestural line, bravo!

Lin said...

Grays are interesting -- and I thought I'd never say that!! LOL Wonderful sketching -- really love the sky!

Teri C said...

I love the composition and the colors. Simply and lovely.

Bonny said...

Linda, this is a beautiful sketch!

I also love the colours you used and how they produced some very nice tones of gray.

Thank you for visiting my Blog and leaving such a nice comment! It's good to be back in Blogland ;))

soulbrush said...

this is fantastic, i love it.