Why fit in when you were born to stand out.—Theodor Seuss Geisel
As the proverb goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I purchased a gold backdrop many years ago and it is one of my favorites to use to help create painterly-style portraits. Its limitation is that it is small. I set out to paint a larger backdrop using the gold backdrop as a color reference.
I brought the gold backdrop outdoors into the sun and I laid paint color samples from Home Depot directly on the backdrop to help with the selection process. I chose three colors: a light, mid-tone and dark to blend together on the canvas.
I thought I did a good job selecting the colors but in the final analysis I didn’t quite nail it. The backdrop turned out to be a much more vibrant gold than I had anticipated. I decided two gold backdrops are better than one. The older, smaller backdrop is more subdued and the newer, larger one is more vibrant.
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