Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gray is such a beautiful color

I'm lovin' those gray tones!

Black, white, and everything in between. I never would have thought that doing a value painting would be so helpful to me. It doesn't just help me to define my tones throughout the painting. It also helps me to discover problems I'm going to encounter throughout the painting.

Most important I think, is that it helps me to approach the painting more confidently. The value study is less intimidating. Not having to worry about color reduces the anxiety I feel when I begin a painting. When I'm not sure what to do, I just start painting what I know, either the very light tones or the blackest black. This information then leads me to figuring out more difficult areas.

This little painting is a commissioned piece that is quite small. I was a little nervous about it but after doing the value study, I'm excited to begin the color version.

Oh, and here is the color version of the last value study that I shared. It is a Centennial Trail piece, "The Three Islands Trailhead".

I'm also so excited about my week-end. I'm going downtown for dinner and fun with a couple of girlfriends tonight. Saturday, I'm being treated to the ballet! Life is good! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

1 comment:

  1. What a remarkable view you can create from just a monotone. And grey at that. That little picture is going to be wonderful in color.