Thursday, October 05, 2006
Cross Creek Florida
acrylic on panel
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.