As I mix a black and grey palette without using black paint today, I am reminded of my students saying to each other, “..Ms Mucha does not allow us to paint with black”.Here is my reason why: Black flattens the color, while it can make the other colors pop, it does not create the depths as found in a natural setting when creating a cityscape, portrait or still life.
While it can make the other colors pop, it does not create the depths as found in a natural setting…
So, here is my favorite pairing for creating darks and fogs in my cityscapes: burnt umber with ultramarine blue to achieve a natural dark shade.The next time you have the urge to reach for black paint, try creating more depth and realistic darks and greys with the versatile color combination of ultramarine blue and burnt umber.
Also, be careful to use small amounts of titanium white for tinting. This cooler white tends to dominate the other colors.
See works in progress at SandraMucha.Artwork on Instagram.