Working Through Gray Mood May 07, 2016 Still working in gray mode. When I first started painting the objects, they were middle gray, dreary and heavy. Then the gray paint got lighter till the places the light hits are almost white. There's something soothing about this series, and slightly maddening. You really have to be careful about the folds of the drape, the angle of the block, whether the vessels are aligned just right and not tipped too much toward you. They look still, but there is a lot of movement and effort behind them!