Portrait Ta-da!

February 20, 2013 § 12 Comments

TRportrait23byPierrMorganNow for one finishing touch – dull the buttah…

palette: Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Permanent White; French Ultramarine; Alizarin Crimson

Palette from left: Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Titanium White; French Ultramarine; Alizarin Crimson

A nifty way to tone down a color without using black is to mix its exact compliment in color and in value and mix the two together. So I mixed up some ‘Buttah’ again, using Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Pale and Titanium White. Then I mixed a violet that same value – lightness on the gray scale – using teensy bits of French Ultramarine and Alizarin Crimson added to a dollop of Titanium White until the paleness of the violet was the same paleness of the ‘Buttah.’ Here you see the result of the two mixed together…

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Slightly darker than the original Buttah – but I like it a lot better as an overall background. Jake and his Master do too. They look savvy and sophisticated surrounded by it. Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve enjoyed painting that much more knowing you were there…here!  – Pierr (that rhymes)

Signed "Pierr" along Jake's lovely coat, lower right

Signed “Pierr” along Jake’s lovely coat, lower right

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