Monday, April 26, 2010

making light and use of value

 7x10 pastel and watercolor on mounted wallis
When creating light (especially with fog) I find it best to stay away from dark values, except for accents. Today the lake was covered in a misty fog, meaning values 5-10, high key. I was painting on top of an old painting so I used a lot of Chinese White mixed into the pigment. I tried to keep in a very limited value range (5-10), similar to how Sanford Gifford makes light.
How many times will I paint this lake? hmmmmm I think I will never tire of it as it is always different.

6 comments:

Double "D" said...

Hi B,

You have a special way of capturing all
the many moods of Lake Needwood. This
is particularly beautiful.

PB

Jala Pfaff said...

Very nice. My favorite part is there's this very light blue on the middle-right-center area...

Karen said...

Isn't it great to consciously limit our value range? Makes you stop and think...see things differently.

And it's because of you that there is a Gifford book sitting on my coffee table right now. Your the first one to tell me of him, and show me what inspiration from him can be. Thank you!

loriann said...

Thanks PB. It's amazing to me how different it can look every day!

Hi Jala! You found the diva!

Hi Karen!
A Gifford book! Which one?

Karen said...

Hudson River School Visions, The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford...from the Met. Love it!

loriann said...

ooooh that's a goodie Karen!