June 18, 2023

Mixing the perfect gray

As I paint, I collect extra paint in cans and end up with muddy grays that can be useful when I need a neutral color. These neutrals work well next to saturated colors. However, they sometimes have too much color and aren’t used as effectively as gray can be, so you have to adjust.

Watch what I mean…

Grays are most effective when they complement the other colors in a picture. They work best when they relate to the overall palette but remain neutral. I spend a lot of time mixing the perfect gray because it can make all the difference between an okay painting and a memorable one! All grays are not equal; you may need to adjust them.

How do you mix gray? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

In this week’s episode of the Art2Life Podcast, I talk about brand – your brand. This is beyond style. Your style can change over time, but your brand is something long-term. It’s a reflection of you — what you love, what’s important to you, and it relates to your art and how best to promote it through your brand. Join me this Wednesday as I share some ideas about this important topic.And don’t forget that we now have the video of our podcasts on our YouTube Channel!

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Have a wonderful Sunday!


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Nicholas Wilton

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Nicholas Wilton
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With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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