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Feb 9, 2010 6:33 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
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WHat a hoot, now that they tell you CAN'T use other colors, that's all you want to do!!!

I guess they're trying to get you to see the darks and lights? Did you set up the still life?

If you do, putting a strong light on one side helps a lot. The darks and lights will make sense. In the sketch above of my daughter's full face, with all the turquoise, it was tricky because there was a light on one side, and a low window on the other. There was strong cool light reflected off the snow.

That's a lesson for later once you understand how to build all the lights and darks. My instructor used to say, I'm not teaching you to paint, I'm teaching you to see.

You obviously have the talent to get it on paper. Now you just have to learn to see!

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