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Less is More

March 8, 2010

Black and white were on my mind today as I thought about inspirations for my friend Margaret, who is working on a piece for a black and white show. So I started looking around my art files for things either in just black and white or with a limited palette.

I love a limited palette. This one is almost black and white, but with just a hint of color.

“Study in Contrasts” – Acrylic on Mat Board
8 x 8″

This one is a painting that I did with urban grunge in mind.

“City Limit” – Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 20″

I wanted to keep it simple with this one, and think it was successful.

“Untitled” – Acrylic and Newsprint on Cradled Masonite
8 x 8 x 2″

Sometimes less is more. Do you like to challenge yourself by using only one or two colors with black and white? And if so, would you like to share? You can put your link into a comment so we can keep the discussion going.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 12:07 pm

    This is a lovely idea!
    Liked the Study in contrasts work very much
    Perhaps more people like Black and white work because of The great recession

    • March 11, 2010 8:37 am

      Could be, Chris. I’m guessing it must have some subliminal influence. But also winter has been affecting my color choices as well. I find it to be a quiet and comforting palette.

  2. March 17, 2010 1:18 pm

    Less sure is more, very dynamic. I love the minimal look full of texture. I do enjoy lots of color but there is something very special about monotones and limited color….always fun to add a dash or red or turquoise though!
    Best wishes, Martha.

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