Beautiful grey

Posted on April 18, 2012

I love black and white photography, particularly of people and particularly when the person fades into a velvety black background. Inspired by such images I am working on a series of monochromatic paintings. Working from a mixed black – mixed from a red, a green and a blue – I am working on a greyscale. Each time I add increasing amounts of white to that same mixed black I am surprised by how much titanium white pushes the mix towards green.

In my first attempt the light grey is too dark and too green

I added more white and some red to counteract the greenish tinge

Those spice jars in the photo above? They make great paint jars for my mixes and they seal well. These are left over from a science project involving alum crystals!

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