Wonderful painting David and I am glad to hear your dollar cost averaging went down!It is almost impossible to photo a wet painting with a lot of black without getting the glare. If you figure something out, I hope you will post the solution.
it's tough for us suburban farmers... we don't get subsidiZed...
just curious: which black do you use?
i actually don't use a tube black. i prefer to mix one or use chromatic black. it this piece i mixed equal parts of burnt sienna and ultramarine. also mix 4 values of gray from that to as well to use.i have also used burnt umber and ultramarine as well as transparent red oxide and ultramarine. just depends on my mood, some give warmer grays or cooler grays, but you can manipulate that as well.there are other combos you can use like aliZarin and veridian.
for some reason it looked like tube black in the photo, but that mix makes sense. i usually do alizarin + (green made from ultramarine & cad yellow light), though it never gets as dark as i'd like.
no doubt about it, it is black a night... but is still has that depth that you can't get with ivory or lamp black... at least as far as I am concerned. the cad yellow light and ultramarine just don't make a green as color fast as viridian or pthalo green, which is probably why it isn's as dark as you like...
right on. maybe it's time to do away with this limited palette nonsense.
Don't get me wrong, I use a limited palette of cad lemon, ultramarine and permanent red or cad red medium... However, o do like to have an earth tone around... Either burnt Siena, burnt umber or transparent red oxide... I have ALS use a split primary with warm and cool of each primary... That was awesome!
Really nice painting. As a fellow Georgian, I had to smile about the $100 tomato now- we have tried our share of different tomatoes and some were very expensive! As far as the values in the black- are you trying to just adjust from photoshop- like in Levels? That usually works well. Hope that helps you.