This entry was originally posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 

Another option for black is to mix your three primary colors.

One of my favorite blacks is just that.

It is Winsor Blue (green shade) mixed with Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose with just a tiny bit of Aureolin or Winsor Yellow.

Too much yellow will make the mix brown and muddy looking. I use just enough yellow to neutralize the purple of the Winsor Blue with the Alizarin Crimson. Of course it is easiest to get this black with fresh paint.

Since it is made with staining colors it is difficult to work with. This black does not lift easily. But it is so rich and yummy.

I used this black (and grey) for the painting below and created such wonderful drama.

Leslie Lambert

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