Tickle your whites, and avoid 100% black

When I’m doing paintings, when I get to the highlights, especially if it’s a warm object that needs a highlight, the whiter it goes, the intensity doesn’t seem to be quite as bright. So I will usually tickle it with a little bit of green and blue, or a touch of magenta and blue, in the white, just to kind of feel it vibrate a little bit, to see if it’ll separate as a highlight….

Something I always try to avoid is going 100% white or 100% black. You just kind of lose colour completely, or you go flat, or it clips.

Mike Hernandez on the Plein Air Podcast

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