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March 17, 2013


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Thanks, Robert! Your insights about color mixtures and the idea that when the color becomes too neutral it loses a color identity - I struggle with this frequently and have started to remind myself that I need to pay more attention.

Robert P. Britton Jr.

Hi Sue:

Nice article and a great example of an adjustment to a painting that made it so much more effective.

I find that there are color mixtures that don't mix, turning brown/brackish or some odd color.

For example:

UltraMarine Blue and Burnt Sienna make some nice greys. But Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna makes this ugly brackish blue green. To me, mixing those two pigments, as one example, lead to colors that are just out of whack. I wouldn't even call it a color.

But more than that example, I find that when your mixtures get into the neutral zone, they more than often turn brown-ish or grey-brown. Some look inviting, but much of the time, the preponderance of those neutral browns is what makes a painting seem muddy. (emphasis on preponderance).

Just my two cents.

You really improved your painting, BTW. Very good!

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