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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Start Bright and Move to Neutral

I love color, so a gray winter scene can be a challenge. Grays can be wonderful and luminous, or they can be dull, uninspiring and boring. When you’re faced with a predominantly gray or overcast scene, it can be hard to know where to start. As I moved from the medium of watercolor to oil, I found watercolor enabled me to develop a bright to neutral approach to painting gray scenes. I wanted to translate that to my oil paintings.

The traditional oil method of mixing the right color and putting it down did not work well for me. I found my work looked too predictable, and I missed the sparkle and the unexpected burst of happy accidents that often occurred in watercolor, especially with grays.

With the bright to neutral ...

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