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The Color of White Challenge
posted by Susan Abbott on Saturday Mar 12, 2011
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Set up: One or two white objects on patterned fabric. Strong natural or artificial light from one side, if possible.

Method: Use only primary and secondary colors for this painting (reds, yellows, blues, violets, oranges, greens. If working in oil and acrylic, use white). Don't use neutral pigments or earth colors from the tube, such as browns, black, grays.

Idea: Objects and their ground are united by a value and color relationship. They influence each other--the pitcher picks up the colors of the fabric, and the fabric's colors are changed by the shadows of the pitcher.

Hints: Draw the white objects by looking at the negative shapes of the fabric. Paint the values in the white objects (highlights, lights, body shadows, reflected lights) with variations of the fabric's more intense colors. Use complements (violet/yellow, green/red, blue/orange) mixed on your palette or alla prima (directly on the paper or canvas) for neutrals (grays, blacks, browns).Keep an eye out for subtle shifting value relationships between object and ground. (Look at the right side of the pitcher in my painting for an example of this.)

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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