link) a couple of years ago, but I wasn't ready to understand it then. This painting is my first 2015 implementation of his breakdown of a value plan of a landscape.
Simply: 1. the sky (which is the source of light: even on a cloudy day) is the lightest value.
2. flat, horizontal ground receives the light and therefore, is the second lightest value
3. vertical element (trees, buildings (people and donkeys)) don't receive light, so they are the darkest elements
4.slopes (mountains, slanted rooftops) are in between the ground value and the vertical (dark) value
Don't break up values
Try a small sketch with a pencil thinking this way: simplify like valued-shapes (i.e. link all the trees in the tree line and define only by the shape of the tree tops). Great way to start, isn't it?
Squint at this painting now and see if you can see the basic values...
So, I am off to work on this further
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
FYI: I did an experiment measuring comments/ interaction on FB compared to this blog and unfortunately, FB is ahead....
It is interesting, to me, that while I am working on "movement" and the transition of foreground into background in my watercolors, I am also compelled to work on these silk pieces which are the complete opposite: static and graphic. So fortunate to be able to create....
Monday, January 19, 2015
|Gerber Limited Color Study/ oil on board/ 8 x 8/ $125|
Now, to push forward on the silk compositions. I had a day of green hands while I worked on "missing" colors. i am not sure that my fingernails will get clean...but I despise gloves...
Will post this now so it is ahead of the noon publish deadline
Hopefully, I'll be back later with silk images
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This was painted over a bright red ground. I painted with cad yellow pale and deep, titanium white and a red and blue violet (split compliment colors) Purple and yellow created the brown. and a had to cheat and add a touch of green to get a cleaner more lime stem. Fun exercise. I especially like the texture of the petals so I think I will add a little more before I call this one finished (or get disgusted, if this fails...nothing ventured...)
Sunday, January 11, 2015
|Tulip Study/ 8 x 10/ oil on board/ $145|
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Details and purchase information can be found here