Studies in tonal greys.


After my success with the masking tape I decided to do some further studies in grey. I wanted to concentrate on the forms and tones rather than obsessing over my colour mixing skills (they need some work!). I mixed my own greys as this can give an added dimension to your paintings. I will do a separate post on mixing greys.

All three paintings were created using a pallet knife and a paintbrush. Some things are difficult to do with a pallet knife alone, like curves. Although the pallet knife is great for creating textures as with the tables in the vase paintings. Textures can help add interest to a painting. I achieved this by creating layers with the pallet knife.

‘Vase in Grey’ is on an A4 acrylic board. ‘Two Vases in Grey’ and ‘Three of a kind’ are both on A3 boards. All in acrylics. I did have alternative titles but my tutor suggested not to give them titles that would limit how viewers would see them. Well, he actually said, not to give them titles but I couldn’t bring myself to leave them untitled! But I won’t bore you with a discussion on the merits of titling your work, just now!


Published by Tracy J Hughes

English artist living and working in Wales. A BA and MA Fine Art graduate from Aberystwyth University. Working in acrylic paint and coloured pencil creating still lifes and beach scenes.

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