Wednesday, November 18, 2009

back to values.... tree on the hill

Back to values. Before beginning bigger work (or any work for that matter) it is always good to do a value sketch. Usually I make a small notan rather than a full blown value study. But recently I have really been enjoying painting in one value.  The reasons for making these are numerous, most important and most obvious is to determine the value relationships between colors in the landscape. After doing this it is easy to become freed of "local color." Meanwhile I have learned that more than color, value makes the mood.
Try making one... just for the fun of it.  One hint remember to SQUINT. Value doesn't separate things...we do.

This one comes from a small painting I did this summer. The full color painting (below) is 5x5 and this value painting is 19x22.


Casey Klahn said...

These are very inspirational. The top one is especially thrilling - very subtle and wonderful.

Double "D" said...

This is such a peaceful, beautiful piece. So simple, yet with great feeling. I would love this one hanging in my studio just to admire. For me, I would look at it, close my eyes and go there. It's serenity pure and simple.

From somewhere in that field,
your painting Buddy

diddamsdigitalart said...

An interesting series of posts on value, color and format. I particularly like the painting in the November 16 post -- such wonderful colors!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Lovely art and very eloquent words too, Loriann! Love your blog.

loriann said...

Casey, thank you! Thanks also for the add. I am truly honored.

Hey PB!!!
I am so happy that the field gives you that serene feeling. I can consider it a success. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

Hi Don, I am glad that you find my recent posts interesting. I guess its because its all basic stuff that we artists constantly think about. Thanks about the November 16th post too. I really appreciate your comments!

Hi Diane,
And a big thank you to you!!

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Jala Pfaff said...

I love love love this pastel!!

loriann said...

Thanks so much Jala!!!!!!