Black IS a color

Blacks are purple-blues, in varying degrees of chroma and to some extent value. It’s easy to see why mixing a PB into yellow will give you mud! The key is to hold the right hue and chroma as you bring the values down to their lowest. Since all the great painters...

Master studies and questions

After discussing verdaccios with a friend I thought it would be instructive to actually try one. I found this image of a detail from Mantegna’s Il Parnasso, and made a 16″ x 12″ panel for it. I had in mind to work up a fully realized underpainting in...

Following or opposing tradition?

“Observing a tradition implies following, but does it mean following and nothing more? One can follow the rules and models, when doing so is really following; and one can oppose them, when doing so is really following. Is opposing really following? When one...