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If you want colors to pop and zing, should you work on white or black gesso? Join the forum discussion here... (or if you prefer, leave a comment below).

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February 10, 2013 at 3:59 am
(1) Yover says:

Gesso or not gesso, that is not the question.
For me, the problem is not connected with gesso, except if we paint only with glazings: so the white gesso or slightly colores seems indispensable . A color pops or zings when I follow the rule about, first, complementary colors, then, during the work, the use of dark colors, even pure black, next to vivid and saturated hues ( close to chiaroscuro effect, Rembrandt, El caravaggio, Derain and so on). Finally, an easier solution fot the acrylic users only: the use of acrylic fluo colors, but not iridescent ; Daler and Rowney “system 3″ fluo colors is perfect. Easy solution, yes, but why not? Everything is possible nowadays, isn’t it ! The most important thing is the result.

February 10, 2013 at 4:14 am
(2) Marion BE says:

I very rarely start with a dark ground. Perhaps it’s habit from working on white, but with glazing I do think it adds to the inner glow. And you’re so right about a touch of intense dark making the rest pop!

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