Using White

October 5, 2007 at 10:52 am 1 comment

I use titanium white as the white color on my palette. Its opacity is particularly suited to my “neo-pointillist” style.

“Glowing Hills” detail of acrylic painting “Glowing Hills” detail, 2007

I like how titanium white holds its own in mixtures with other colors. It lends opacity in mixes with transparent colors like ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson. A little white can tone down a saturated color. White can also make mixed colors a little cooler, which can be either good or bad depending on the effect you want. (One trick for keeping a color warm while still lightening the shade is to use some yellow along with the white.)

Anywhere you see what appears to be white in my paintings, it’s almost always a mixture of titanium white with a little bit of some other color. For example, those white-looking spots in the skies of my landscape paintings are typically titanium white mixed with a tiny dab of ultramarine blue.

Below is an older painting where I used white mixtures in several areas.

“Rough Pasture”, 2005 “Rough Pasture”, 2005


Entry filed under: Color, Painting, Palette, Pointillism.

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1 Comment

  • 1. sue  |  November 21, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    saw artists in quebec prep. their boards red [ acrylic] before starting the landscape….why red ? have done this 3 times with great success , then oil painted over the prep

Barbara J Carter

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