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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Cross Creek Florida

12x16 inches
acrylic on panel

Painter's Tip

Using value studies

Values are so important to good painting that I recommend doing studies first before you tackle your finished painting.

I like to use five values for these quick little studies. I take white for one end of the scale, black for the other end the mid value between them for the middle and then a mix of the mid value and the end values for the other two values.

I make a tiny value scale at the top edge of the painting so that I have it for reference during the painting process. Having the values premixed on the palette and on display at the top of the canvas really helps the painting move along quickly.

When I am ready to do the serious painting, I have already worked out the values in my mind, and I have a visual reference too.

This is an equally good way to work with drawing too.


Paintdancer said...

I really enjoy reading your tips Linda. They are so helpful for me. I admit, I'm rotten at doing value studies. I just wanna jump in there and paint. Your art is lovely and shows the value in value studies!

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

Thank you so much paintdancer. I'm so happy to know you enjoy the tips.

Katherine said...

I couldn't agree more Linda. Values are what make a painting.

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

Amen Katherine!!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

this is just lovely! The reflection aspect is just perfect!

thanks for including my link on your blog.

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

Thank you so much for viewing my blog and the kind comments. i'm happy to include your link.