- Some of the darks often become muddy and lose their naturalness through the layering process;
- It’s difficult to have a point of reference (light vs dark) when everything is light, consequently you may lose some of the areas you might have wanted to keep lighter. You may not have enough different values;
- It's sometimes difficult to see that the darkest areas could be darker.
Probably fewer artists paint completely dark to light. Take a look at this video from Jake Winkle as he demonstrates his dark to light technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k9INN5C-hY
For the most part I paint light to dark, however I do like to insert a few darks early on in the process. It helps me anchor some large shapes and in some cases it creates early linkages within the painting. For some landscapes, I like to block in certain shapes, such as darker tree trunks early on in the painting process to help establish a relationship with the values that come after. Applying darks early also helps me in visualizing my painting more fully. As I’ve experimented with some paintings that are a bit more complicated, such as a branch of apple blossoms (many petals), painting a first coat of darker greens on the leaves helps me see through the multitude of petals, as all the shapes start looking like petals.
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Today's artist find is Wayne Mueller:
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