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How to Paint the Illusion of Black! New Black Bear Cub Painting.


Dear Friends,

Greetings from a very wet and gray NorthWest!
 This definitely is a place where you need to be happy in spite of the weather.
I hope all of you are finding spring to be inspiring…remembering the Power…of the April Shower!

When I think about why I became an artist, I would have to thank the rain.
The wet days were perfect for painting and exploring the inner world of imagination.

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So if you find yourself indoors with a desire to experience nature;
Why not try painting! It is fun and every time you try you will get better..
Come along with me and PRINT OUT today’s drawing, transfer it
 to WC paper ( you can trace it through the window) and lets begin.

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ART TIP: I always paint from light washes to dark…
These first shades are for the tans in the bears nose.
Black Bears…are not all black!

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Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Sepia, and Cerulean Blue create the tans.
Brown and blue create wonderful grays.

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I separate areas into small paint-able shapes for each wash. I let them dry before I paint an adjacent space.

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Notice all the blue in the darker areas. this is created with Cobalt, Cerulean , Sepia and Burnt Siena.
REPETITION WITH VARIATION…The birds are the same colors as the bears.

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Bears Cubs are small in the Spring…so I am using a bright yellow green for the back ground.

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I added a bright Green Frog for more repetition of the green.

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The grays for the branches and tree trunks are lighter shades of the gray in the bears. More Blue and brown
I once had a teacher that asked us to eliminate black from our art. This seemed to be impossible…but with practice,
Blues, purples and browns are all you need and your dark colors will be allot more interesting!

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I use a wet on wet wash technique to add fine lines that put texture in the branches.

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For Shadows I will glaze with color! These are all stain paints. Winsor Green- blue shade, Winsor Violet and Winsor Blue mixed in different ways.

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Finally I add the texture of the fur using Titanium White Watercolor mixed with the original mineral washes of tans and grays.

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Can you see how much Blue is in the Bear?

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Most people will just assume it is black and not think about it.

So Next time you decide to paint black remember these little tips and your colors will be more VIBRANT.
P.S…
My Kitty Luna, almost one year old is learning to be an art lover, She is teaching me how to be a cat lover.

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Happy Spring and “May the Forest be with YOU!

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Love Jody

 

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