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Hi guys, if you've ever looked out on a gray day and been at a loss for painting subjects, this one's for you. Gray days have a few strong advantages over sunny days:

1. The local colour of your objects are more easily seen and the lights are not blasted out by the sunlight which allows for richer colour all over.

2. The light is more constant and the change in the sun's position through the day becomes less important and less restrictive. 

3. You won't get so hot as when painting in the sunshine.

4. If you're using acrylics your paints will stay wet for longer.

Check out Richard Schmid's website to see someone make great paintings on gray days.

If anyone hasn't signed up for my free painting lessons yet, this is the latest video to give you a taste.

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All the best,


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Comment by Sharon Casavant on January 28, 2012 at 3:56

Absolutely Outstanding Boat!  You can paint anything!

Comment by Richard Robinson on January 27, 2012 at 14:38

#6 Georgian Daler Rowney G48 Long Flat

Comment by Þorgrímur Andri Einarsson on January 27, 2012 at 6:19

Very nicely done Richard. I am also a big fan of Richard Schmid.

Would you mind telling me what kind of brush you are using there ? Or what kind of bristles they are. 

All the best


Comment by Dorian Aronson on January 23, 2012 at 15:28

A very gray day in North West Florida we are under an Extreme Flog Allert.

I  Love your painting.

Comment by Dr. Roger E. Davis on January 23, 2012 at 11:07

Nice job! Some gray days, especially in autumn I believe, seem to enhance, intensify certain colors.

Maybe clouds reduce the blue of skylight??

Comment by Karlo Bonacic on January 22, 2012 at 10:53

Beautiful !


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