Color Fundamentals/Oil, 1.2

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One of my favorites to paint are desert succulents. In this study we will take a pair of complementary colors (directly across each other on the color wheel), and mix a palette using those hues with a variety of values, including greys. First we will spot light the cactus to better see the individual forms.

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I’ll sketch in with the brush the lighter and darker value shapes that I see on the forms, gradually building up the solidity of the still life.

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Following are two students Terry and Leia working on their process:

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