The "Swatch This" Challenge Day 85
Daniel Smith's Neutral Tint, created for artists and teachers, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs from MakeEveryDayAPainting.com when they asked Daniel Smith to come up with a dark watercolor pigment that even beginning artists could use to darken a pigment without muddying it. Its addition to a color doesn't affect its transparency. In fact, the combination of this rich dark neutral and most other colors results in a "glowing dark". I used neutral tint with Hansa Yellow Light to create the shadows on the wings of this Evening Grosbeak. Adding Neutral Tint to Quinacridone Gold created a gentle warmth to the dark areas, both in the yellow and black feathers. It took little more than a few light washes of Manganese Blue and the limited palette gave me all the color I needed.
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“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.