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Looking at Neutrals

March 14, 2017

Neutral is a word that has a number of different meanings. Some people take it to be a color neither here nor there (a wishy washy color) or if based on a discussion – taking a stand somewhere between opposite sides. When studying art, a true neutral is a color or non color that is either greyish, black or brown. Sometimes it is referred to as one of the mud colors, often seen in nature. Making a neutral with paint can be made by mixing 2 complements or near complements from the color wheel. For example red and green make a glorious grey. Colors can often be neutralized a little so that the color is still recognizable  but it is not nearly as bright as that of the purest brightest color. Once again, these dull colors can be made by mixing  2 complements or near complements together with varying amounts of paint. Neutrals can be even more enlivened when they vary in  value from very dark to very light. As you can see below, a range of neutrals or neutralized colors are used together in each of the images. Occasionally a small quantity of bright saturated color is used with the neutrals which makes them and the bright color all the more powerful. Thanks again to my students who have contributed their art work with mine.  Gail Harker

3 Comments leave one →
  1. lingham2014 permalink
    March 14, 2017 3:59 pm

    What a great study of neutrals, Gail. Really enjoyed it.


  2. Penny Peters permalink
    March 14, 2017 4:58 pm

    Inspiration at its best! Lovely.

  3. March 14, 2017 8:24 pm

    Love the variety of neutrals, such fun to see them all together.

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