|I am told that the color wheel is the artist's best friend. So I am trying to learn how to use it.|
|Mixing grays I: I first mixed the triad (yellow-green, blue-violet, and red-orange), then mixed three grays from the first three colors.|
|Mixing grays II: The three innermost colors are the final round of grays.|
|Reference photo and the value wash|
I am still trying to learn how to mix lovely luminous grays, so I thought I would share my attempts with my readers. I saw a huge bush of white pom pom flowers at the Mill at Fine Creek during Gregory Packard's workshop. They sort of look like hydrangeas, but hydrangeas are not blooming yet. I asked around and learned that they were "Snowball Viburnum Bush".
Identifying the flowers was the first hurdle. I would have loved to report that painting them was a breeze after mixing the grays based on the triad of yellow-green, blue-violet, and red-orange. It wasn't! Painting the shadows on the white flowers probably gave me the biggest headache.
I thought about scraping the whole darned thing off. But my blog is called "Painting Journal" for a reason. It is supposed to chronicle my artistic journey--trials and triumphs. Someday I will paint like John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Richard Schmid, and Gregory Packard, all rolled into one brilliant genius. For now, I continue to go through growing pains. There is one happy development though. I am using A LOT OF PAINTS!