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Famous Painting Study #3: Diebenkorn’s Abstract Cityscape

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Step 5: Getting Crisp Edges With The “Wet-On-Dry” Technique


As you paint, gradually layer more saturated colors, starting with Chromium Green Oxide in the top right field. Keep blocking in more areas and begin adding some details, like dividing boundaries between each field. Add more Greenish Yellow to the buildings on the left, and Cobalt Blue for the shadows in between.

Let some of the underlying layers dry before glazing a different color on top. This will help create the hard edges you need to paint the complicated shapes in your abstract cityscape. Use Cerulean to darken other shadows and the sky, then drop in Cobalt Blue with the wet-in-wet technique.