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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Paint a Single-Color Subject

Combining several objects from my collection with the same dominant color forces me to concentrate on the orchestration of their hues and color temperatures. No color lives in isolation—each color on our canvas is measured relative not only to the colors surrounding it, but to the hues and color temperatures of the same colors elsewhere in the painting.

Blue is considered a cool color on the color wheel, but what is more important to remember is that each individual color will have a cool, warm or neutral feature. The three blues we’ll use for this exercise are Ultramarine Blue Deep, Cobalt Blue and Phthalo Blue. Ultramarine Blue is the workhorse of blues: it’s a violety blue, transparent, but not as dark in tone ...

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