Here is my value set-up for my next triptych. The plein air work (small, above) was which was completed last summer when I was in the San Juan islands. It was those glorious moments after sunset. That is the time when the land masses have close values (and low value) and the light in the sky is still tremendous (high value). The color is saturated. It is imperative to squint when painting outside as it eliminates all those insignificant value shifts.When creating the value study I just look at the strong value shapes and mass them together.
Now, a triptych is a whole different challenge. Here the whole painting, all three pieces must hang together as one piece. In addition each smaller square must be viewed as a separate unit and be able to stand alone. The squares are 24x24 making a total of