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Rising Star

Beginning with three prestudies, Mark leads you through the development of "Rising Star", a painting of a stable hand at a summer retreat ranch.

stage 4:background washes
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Feeling that the face was developing successfully, I thought it was time to work in some initial dark background washes to  outline and define the two figures.  I will generally construct a heavy wash like this with dense applications of warm and cool colors, often mixing them directly on the paper.  Dark passages in real life are actually a mixture of cool and warm tones.  Even if shadows are predominantly cool in appearance, reality always has some warmth included, and I try to capture that mix in the wash.
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