“Baby It's Cold Out There”
6x6” oil ($75)
I should know by now that when I have a couple of paintings that go well, I shouldn't start to think I have this painting thing down. Because it never fails, the next painting doesn't work. I started a painting last night of some neat birds and the harder I tried to make them work, the worse it got. So they will be recycled and I started over with this cute black lab this morning.
Art Note:I've added Ivory black back on my palette, but much to my surprise its not working well when I am painting black dogs. I have been mixing brunt umber and ultramarine blue for my darks, but while it works for darks, it isn't black. I've gone back to the "black" I've was taught as a teenager and used for years. Phthalo Green and alizarin crimson. Its a nice very dark cool black. It makes a pretty gray and of course the gray depends on the ratio of the mix. If I want to warm it up I add a little burnt umber.
I don't know about you, but I always thought the spelling of Phthalo is strange, so I did a little research. I found out it is short for Phthalocyanin. Thank goodness they've shortened it!!