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Old 01-29-2012, 12:34 PM
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Light Mid Colours And Darks

Hi How Much Light Grays And Darks
Do You Need In A Painting
And How Can This Be Achived Easerly
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:55 PM
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Re: Light Mid Colours And Darks

For me, ti depends on what you are painting. In most landscapes I paint, the darks are generally less than 5% and unless a overcast day, a rainy scene, or evening/night scene, may contain 0% greys.

Ask an open ended question, get a open ended answer. YMMV
It is only on a basis of knowledge that we can become free to compose naturally. -- Bernard Dunstan
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:25 PM
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Re: Light Mid Colours And Darks

If your question is more relating to tone rather than actual grey colour, dont have an even distribution of light, med and dark grey areas. Uneven quantity of contrast makes for a more interesting picture.

I think you need to provide more information about what your painting and wanting to achieve
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:32 PM
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Re: Light Mid Colours And Darks

First you need to learn the terms. I think your asking about Values.

Make yourself a value scale; White being 1, Black being 10, and mix all of the "grey's" so that they fit evenly between.

The values you use will really depend on the situation.
In a landscape for example anything above an 8, color won't read well.
For a Graffiti piece you could use only 1 and 10 for maximum contrast.

Id suggest doing some studies monochromatically (one color) to better understand your values. Most artist say value is the single most important thing.
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