for me was three-fold. I painted something using only black and white, when I very rarely use black at all in my paintings. This became a tonal study for me which, I have to admit, is my greatest challenge in my artwork. And finally, it was a portrait which I haven’t painted often.
Cinnamon, the Art Sherpa, had a tutorial during the Art Quest which I skipped. I make my own chromatic blacks for my work and really didn’t care to learn about different blacks. There is a painting tutorial at the end of the video, in which Cinnamon uses her own mix of chromatic black. So I did the opposite. Since I normally use a chromatic black, I thought I’d paint it with an actual black. Or in this case, one of three blacks I had on my palette. Carbon black, Mars black and Ivory black.
I used three brushes: a number 12 Flat, a number 8 bright and a number 10 bristle brush, normally found in one of the children’s cheap packages of brushes, for scrumbling. Yes, this one lets off bristles, but hey-it was practically free and I need brushes I can really scrub into the canvas board. I used a 16 x 20″ canvas board from Walmart.
Here’s the painting:
While I doubt black will creep into my paintings very often, it was fun to use it for a change. I have several tubes of it going to waste, so I might as well make an effort to do something with them. This painting took about an hour, which is not a huge investment in time, and took me out of my comfort zone. It was a good practice piece and I enjoyed doing it.