I then start layering and glazing with color leaving the black of the background visible in selected areas kind of like a watercolor artist uses the white of the paper to represent the light areas. They work from light to dark and I paint from dark to light, just the opposite.
|Evening Hues 20"x40"|
"Evening Hues" is painted on a black background and the colors are very saturated and bright.
|Sunrise in Lavender 30"x40"|
On occasion I will start a painting on a white or lighter colored background. Sunrise in Lavender is painted over a white background and you can see the dramatic difference in the final result. The colors end up softer with an ethereal feel.