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Good background for a painting

eurasian_hybrid posted this thread...
Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Im making a painting of a black dog but I have absolutely no idea what to do for the background. I usually like to have just one single color for the background with different shades in it but I cannot figure out what color to make it for a black dog. I tried blue but its tone was too similar to the actual dog. Then I tried green but it was a little too strong and drew the eye away from the actual object of the painting. Right now the color is a kind of baige like color but I feel like it makes the art a little dull. Any ideas?

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heyoverhereThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

If I were you, I would  try to shake things up a bit. Maybe you could use multiple colors instead of just one. You should probably use bright colors to contrast the black dog. I reccomend using different shades of yellow, getting darker as it goes down the page. Good luck with your art, I'm sure no matter what you do it will look great!

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dancer53785 replied...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Sunsets are beautiful to paint as a background...paint what stands out.. that's what I do
 

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