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Famous Painting Study #3: Diebenkorn’s Abstract Cityscape

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Step 7: Adding Contrast To This Abstract Cityscape


Switch back to Raw Sienna for the brown patch near the bottom, then drop in more orange in the orange field. Dull it down with Greenish Yellow, and try not to flood the paper with paint while you do so.

Add more Cobalt Blue to the middle-back shadows on the road and in fields, then use Cobalt Green to brighten the road shadows. Keep strengthening areas with various blues, and use Indigo again for the darkest parts. Add your viridian mix to the middle road, and drop in Indigo and Phthalo Blue wet-in-wet to create a variation of this dark color.

Try combining different colors for a more interesting painting, and to create more contrast between your darks and lights.