Shades of Gray

A couple of years ago I painted a large 4′ x 5′ painting of white horses running in the surf. I saw a video of this and thought it would make a great painting. It turned out very well. A year later I decided to try to do a smaller 16″ x 20″. After working on it awhile I laid it aside. It just was not coming out like I wanted. Later I went back to it again and again laid it aside. Finally this year I thought I would give it one last try and this fall started working on it again. What I discovered is you cannot paint something just white. There has to be shadows and shades of gray and purple to make it show the contrast needed so the white can be highlighted.

This past week I finally got it done to my satisfaction. When I put it on my facebook page, one of my friends said she wanted to buy it! So today it got packed up and shipped to South Carolina. I am very happy she liked it as much as I did.

Black and White looks stark

Accents and highlights don’t show

without shades of gray

Much like the rest of us

Trying once again to blend


Today is World Kindness Day celebrated in many countries.

Perhaps the US should consider adding it to our list of celebrations.

Paintings: Dwight L. Roth

44 thoughts on “Shades of Gray

  1. Great painting sir! I continue to be overwhelmed by the various talents you have, and the big painting must have taken quite some work. About the need to blend other colours into pure white, that sounds a bit like life too, abundance of pure and sweet can get a bit bland without some spice added…

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  2. About a year and a half ago, I dropped out of my watercolor class, tired and stressed out. I had tried and failed about four or five times to paint a very special bridge. I have gone over and over in my mind how I want it to be, and have been thinking lately of trying again. It will be a totally different approach this time! Congratulations on finally getting your painting the way you wanted it and on the sale. Your story is encouraging. ❀

    All the best, Dwight!

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    • Thank you very much Ben. It is very difficult to duplicate a painting that I painted before. It never seems to come out quite the same. Maybe it is a different inspiration in each one. As you can see they are quite different although the format is the same. I appreciate your comment.


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