Making Mud

Color mixing can be tricky; mixing mud is what we try to avoid. There is a place, however, for that muddy color.
Neutral grays well placed can enhance the pure spot of color you want accented. Eugene Delacroix was a master at using 'mud' for the surrounding areas to the more pure mixtures. He really made the skin tones almost glow.

Degas and his use of grays surrounding pure color.

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