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A New Art Discovery about Warms and Cools

Thank you so much to all my new members who have joined! I wanted to share a new insight I have learned recently. This tip applies to any medium, whether you paint watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, etc etc!

To evoke more glow and depth in your work have warms and cools play off each other throughout your painting. This is well illustrated in a video recently shared by one of my favorite artists, Brian Neher who paints childrens' oil portraits -

In my newest leopard painting, I had this fresh new insight in mind as I painted and tried to make a concerted effort to weave warms vs cools throughout the piece -

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Compare this to the same image I painted years ago (see below) - this painting's focus was not on warms and cools. My focus was to keep the image simple so that as much focus as possible went to the leopard's face.

What do you think - did my focus on warms and cools give my latest leopard more depth, more glow, maybe more complexity?

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Yes, the play between cool and warm has a noticeable and lovely impact. Both paintings are beautiful.

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