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Moon Dance - a mixed media painting tutorial

Moon Dance
Cyndi Lavin, 2017

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I was still stuck on the same sort of somber palette when I went to paint Moon Dance, but I did want to make sure that it had enough variety in value since all the colors turned out very low key.  Here's how I checked that:

Isn't Photoshop a wonderful tool???

Moon Dance started out as a double gesso background (black gesso, followed by dilute white gesso, and heated under a layer of plastic wrap).  On top of that, I added a Hansa yellow light stripe.

I pulled some grayed acrylic paints top and bottom using a slightly darker mix of gray gesso. The colors I used were Medium magenta, Ultramarine blue, and Pyrrole orange.  

No matter what I tried, I just couldn't get excited about it, until it finally occurred to me to flip it.  To this, I added some black ink razor lines and some white ink lines, drying in between so that not everything would be gray!  

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