Friday, December 6, 2013

Potatoes and Onions

"Potatoes and Onions"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
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I hardly ever use black in my paintings. For this one I needed a very dark background color. To be honest I was tempted to just use ivory black and get it over with, but went to Payne's gray instead. It is one of my favorite colors, although I hardly use it. I think Payne's gray is a mixture of black and ultramarine blue.
The most challenging part was to paint bottle with oil. I relied only on values, because couldn't identify colors. Stroke by stoke it started to look like a glass bottle. I don't remember when I used so many earth colors last, this painting needed as many of them as possible. I felt like an old master...
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