Sunday, January 25, 2009

Take time for Value


While I am waiting for my new Nikon P-80 camera to arrive so my pictures will hopefully be a bit better I was thinking about a recent painting I completed that I already have in my photos on my computer. It was for a black/white and one color show I was in a couple of months ago. This little bear was an excellent way for me to practice what I believe is one of the most important elements, which is value. It doesn't matter what color I would have made this little guy, as long as my values were accurate...so this is just a little reminder that it is a great exercise to put away those wonderful colors now and then and do a value study...I framed him in a black frame and he looks good in that home, so he is ready for selling. I mixed my black; always mix my blacks...on this one I used Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber. So, check yourself...try one! To further check myself sometimes after I do a value study I make a black and white copy of the photo if I used one...it is fun to see how close I came.

2 comments:

Nancy and the fatties said...

Saundra, I love the teddy bear, the black and white gives it an antique feel, like an old photograph. Have you ever laid in glazes over a black and white value study? I've always wanted to try that, but have not.
happy painting!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Jean, As a matter of fact I have laid glazes over some...for just the very reason you mentioned...it gave it even more of an antique feel! Thanks! HP right back to you!

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