Background Harmony

“Some artists use the colors of the clothing and skin tones in the background or a portrait, in what I think is a mistaken belief that this will make the picture harmonious,” says Daniel E. Greene, who recommends working the other way around. “Whatever the background color is, try to use that in the shadows of your figure, and sometimes in the middle tones and even the lights. The model won’t affect the background, but the background will affect the model.”

With works in the collections of the University of Delaware, the Surpreme Court of the United States, The National Cathedral of Washington, DC, and more, Margaret Huddy is an internationally recognized master artist.

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