Painting in monochrome can add atmosphere to a city landscape, such as Toronto in Canada. Monochromatic colours can be achieved by mixing colours from a limited palette of two or three colours.
Landscape Painting of Toronto
Tips on Mixing Neutral Colours
Many artists used a limited palette for particular paintings in order to convey mood but it is also an excellent way of exploring oils if on a limited budget or getting to know oils for the first time. The following pointers might help those who are unfamiliar with this technique.
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Demonstration on Painting a City Skyline
A thin wash of pthalo blue acrylic paint had been applied to the painting surface in order to help set the tones of the painting, that a white surface would have made difficult. Once the glaze was dry, the composition was sketched out by using a soft pencil. With a thin sable, the highlights were applied first. Titanium and varying amounts of burnt sienna were applied.
A Monochrome Painting
With the same brush, a little more burnt sienna was added to bring out the creams on the buildings. Varying amounts of pthalo blue and permanent rose was used to express the mid tones. Allowing the paint mixture to vary will result in a diverse array of lights and darks that a mere black and white painting could not do.
How to Paint a City Skyline
With pthalo blue, burnt sienna and permanent rose, the deepest darks were etched around the shadowed areas of the buildings. This brings out the highlights.
Burnt sienna loaded with pthalo blue was pasted onto the sky with a bristle brush. Increments of white was added towards the cloud tops. With a clean brush, white and a little burnt sienna was pasted onto the thunderheads.
For a smooth, glossy finish, mixing linseed oil into the paint will eradicate any unwanted brush marks. Linseed is also ideal for applying the paint in a thin glaze for detailed work and a more uniform result.