Do you consider white and black to be colors? I did for years until I learned technically they are shades.
When I sat down to paint Bernard I drew a quick sketch. I then chose to limit myself to one color, raw umber, and two shades, titanium white and ivory black. I began by painting with brushes laying down the correct values. While rotating the panel with my left hand, I applied the paint with my right hand using my small palette knife.
His eyes, nose and mouth were also painted with a palette knife using rich ivory black and titanium white.
It takes some time to build up the paint to get the final effect. When I first began painting teddy bears I stumbled across this technique by accident. What a fun discovery. I love the textured fur-like effect.
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