Thursday, August 23, 2012

What makes it muddy?

 These are three small sketches of this young golfer. Each one has a personality, mostly from the subject's pose. The freshest or cleanest one is the third one. The first and second have some areas of skin in shadow that appear muddier than I want. Each painting used the same pigments. These are the same colors I use for skin tones in paintings that look clean (see Feeling Antsy or Day for a Sundress). When colors are "muddy", I have been told that there is a problem in color temperature. In the third painting, I tried more warm tones in the shadows. Now, there is less muddiness, but also less definition.  Tomorrow, I will try these again, thinking again about color temperature.

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