Many Ways to Gray: Introduction

I love grays and muted tones.  Grays emphasize the colors nearby. Jeanne Dobie refers to this as ‘mouse power’.  The ‘mouse’ colors are the supporting cast for the jewel-like colors. Whenever selecting a simple palette for a painting, the first test is to make a...

Many Ways to Gray, Part 1: Neutral Tints

Over the last several years, there has been an influx of new ‘neutral tints’ introduced by manufacturers of artist paints almost as though there has been a new pigment discovered. In a way there has. There are new (20thC) pigments that are more transparent, which...

Many Ways to Gray, Part 4: Magic Grays

Grays with ‘Character’ This section is not about neutral tints at all, but an approach to mixing grays with character. I’m sure at some point every watercolorist has mixed up a batch of paint thinking it will be a nice color only to end up with a very...