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Famous Painting Study #3: Diebenkorn’s Abstract Cityscape

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Step 4: Building Up Colors


Use Cadmium Lemon Yellow to paint the underlying color for the middle road, then use your green mixture to paint the dividing line between the parallel roads. Switch to Naples Yellow to fill in the rest of the road, then use Gamboge Nova for the yellow/orange areas. Doing all this will help stimulate your colors when you add other colors on top later.

Dilute the yellow for an ivory color, and paint some of the “white” areas that are closer to the fields. Touch in Quinacridone Gold in some of the wet areas for pockets of color, but try to avoid creating too many puddles on your paper. Slowly build up your colors in this manner, and be careful not to touch any wet paint!