Painting objects at the polar ends of the value scale can be a challenge even for the experienced artist. How do you highlight white or shade black? Following are a few pointers on painting white excerpted from my Color Mojo lesson plan.
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- White reflects colors of surrounding objects taking on these nearby hues.
- White objects must begin with a lower value than white in order to allow room for lighter values.
- The base color can lean toward any hue to harmonize with the overall color scheme. Toned green, gold or beige create warm whites while violet and blues create cool whites.
- Both warm and cool hues can be combined in the same object for pop.
- White objects painted purely with neutral grey tones lack luminosity and appear dull.
- Using a mixed rich black to create greys will add warmth and interest.
- Rich black can be created using a deep pure blue like ultramarine blue and a warm brown such as burnt umber.