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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blondheim Art Original Landscapes

8x10 inches
acrylic on panel

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Painters Tip

Values In Color

We do frequent value studies in black and white to understand how values work but what about translating them to color? Here is a simple exercise to do that with your current palette.

Use a limited palette to mix your color values, as that will be less of a production.

1. Mix a three value scale with the lightest, darkest and mid value, in black and white at the top of your canvas or index paper on the top left. This will be your guide. Now try to match this 3 scale with each of the colors you are using to make a row for each, under the original black and white scale. So you would have three values for black and white,under that blue, then yellow, then red, and so forth.

2. In the middle/right section of the canvas or page at the top do a five value scale from Black to white. You will repeat this in your colors as they move down the page.

3. You will do a full value range painting in black and white.

4. You will repeat that subject in a full color painting, trying to match the value in color to the value painting in black and white.

Use small canvases or index paper to do these studies. That will save time. Also, choose simple subjects for the painting like a piece of fruit or a simple landscape composition.

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