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Famous Painting Study #3: Diebenkorn’s Abstract Cityscape

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Step 11: Using White In A Subtle Way And Finalizing A Painting

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Squeeze some Zinc White gouache paint onto your auxiliary palette, then switch to the no. 8 round brush. Gouache is an opaque paint, so while it will be opaque enough to cover underlying layers, try your best to use it in a way that doesn’t make it look too obvious. Also, use the wet-on-dry technique when applying to prevent unwanted bleeding.

So with your smaller brush and opaque paint, add a translucent layer to the gray areas, the white strip of pavement, and anywhere that needs to be a little lighter in your abstract cityscape. Dot in spots of light in the buildings as well, and bring back the white line dividing the road/pavement. You can soften some of the edges here if needed.

Mix a touch of Carbazole Violet with your white for a very light purple spot to the left of the road, and fix anything that needs fixing. During these final touches, try to capture the feeling of this painting, even if it’s not exactly the same. Finally, sign your abstract cityscape with a no. 2 liner brush and saturated Burnt Sienna. Carefully pull off the artist’s tape, and you’re done! You can even erase some of the exposed pencil lines if you want. Otherwise, we hope you learned something from studying Diebenkorn’s masterpiece!