Today was my last session teaching at the Port Colborne Art Club. We did value study paintings. I find it such an excellent exercise to really study the values of what's in front of you. We can fall into the trap of thinking shadows: really dark, mid-tones: half-way on the scale etc... and paint by what we think we know, instead of painting what we're actually seeing. But it's all relative. And if we're not paying attention, colour can lead us astray. Because sometimes we are just looking at colour and not being thoughful of the value of that colour. This can lead to less than dynamic paintings. It's tough though! It requires concentration, thoughtful painting and a LOT of squinting to see the big value shapes. And then to top it off, you have to remember to keep the values correct in relation to each other. Phew. I'm tired all over again ; )
This is acrylic on 6"x6" canvas panel. It was painted with carbon black and titanium white.