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Old 01-18-2018, 08:53 PM
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Re: Do you have a black on your palette?

Lately I've been trying to use up several tubes that have problems like cracked caps, so I've been using mars black exclusively. It's strong though, so it's lasting a long time.
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Re: Do you have a black on your palette?

Wow! I haven't had much time to hang out on WC this past week...

I guess more people are open to using black in oils than watercolor and pastel.

I myself am going to be using a limited Zorn palette for an oil portrait workshop and had to get over my "no pure black" bias! (although I know Zorn painted with a few additional colors, this seems to have been used in a lot of his portraitures)

I do think that black in pastel and especially watercolor can overwhelm a painting and make spots look "dead. In both pastel and watercolor I find it more effective to mix my own blacks. In oils though, it seems that there are some excellent paintings that use black effectively.

I am enjoying seeing how ivory black mixes with various colors- amazed it makes a muted violet with cadmium red light... The grays I am getting are really pretty.

Here is my little chart made with yellow ochre, cadmium red light, titanium white and ivory black. All M. Graham paints on Arches oil paper.



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