Two years ago, my friend Joane invited me to do a demo for their art club at Gateway Community College in New Haven. During the demo..
The professor asked, " Do you use black paint from the tube?"
My answer: " No... well I can't say never but I can say rarely" and the students were shocked!
(I'm sure Professor Baldassani had explained to the class how to make black from complement colors, but perhaps they thought - only teachers make their students mix black rather use black from the tube)
One student said "well then, how do you make black? "
My answer: " I prefer to mixing ultramarine blue with raw umber to make black- because it comes out a richer and deeper black than using any black right from the tube - but there are may different ways to mix black"
I wonder if ... the next time these students prepared their palettes for their new assignment they passed right over their tube of Mars Black paint and opted to mixed their black instead?
I really do like working with a very limited palette - 6- 8 colors at the most... and with plenty of practice - it's amazing how many different colors can be achieved.
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