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9 March 2013

Shades of White

When I studied classical painting I learned that there's no such thing in nature as absolutely pure white and black colours (which is also true for any other hue), but rather the play of tones, tints and shades created by the indirect light bouncing of  surrounding objects. It may be cold or warm, depending on the environment lighting and colour scale of the scene itself.

Shades of white. White quartz pebble on ceramic.
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White quartz pebbles on ceramic saucer. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Black and white. White quartz pebbles on ceramic saucer.
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2 comments:

  1. There are so many shades, and shadings of white, that I keep at least two types of white in my palette at all times, and I still get frustrated when I still am unable to "get it right."

    You've done marvelously in this post!

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    1. Thanks. I usually use only one, normally warm, white and obtain different shades by mixing it with other hues.
      Keep in mind that different rules apply depending on whether you're lightening a colour by adding white or adding a colour to create shades of white. In any case, the fewer colours you mix the better.

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