Leonardo da Vinci once said that " a painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light".
I found this to be a very interesting observation... especially since most of my paintings start with a black canvas. I vary it a little, sometimes using purple, blue or a dark green.. but mostly black.
I love black.
Some artists believe that you should never use black, but rather make your own black by mixing colours. I believe that you should do what works best for you. I use black gesso, and mix in purple, blue, and black fluid acrylics. This gives it a bit of a shine.
I use it to give form to the elements in my painting, and to create high contrast areas which attract the eye. It is satisfying to see a painting come to life out of a black canvas.
Thank you Leonardo for your insight. :)
6/14/2018 09:53:01 am
Artists have their own styles when it comes to doing their thing. Some were saying that black should not be used while waiting, but there are also other artists who see the importance of color black on their masterpieces. Their styles are all different, so we need to respect that, especially if they know what will make their masterpieces even more attractive. As a fan like me, I just let them do their thing. If I appreciate it then that's better!
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Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.