Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tea and Lemons Value Study

Tea and Lemon Value Study, L. Daniel, 10 x 8

In a couple of weeks I am going to the Weekend with the Masters workshops in CA. The 4-day event is put on by Amreican Artist Magazine. In preparation, I am devoting myself to value studies. One of my instructors, Daniel Pinkham, suggested that the best way to become a colorist is to study value (the relative levels of darks and lights within a subject). I know this is one of the greatest challenges for most painters, so no complaints on this assignment from me. I actually love doing these! Below you see my palette at the end of a value study. Yep, just black and white and one #10 brush (that is pretty big for an 8 x 10, keeps me from getting too caught up in details.)

8 comments:

Noel Garner said...

I am very impressed with this for sure.

Denise R said...

Oh I love this Laurel! I need to do some of these too. Can't believe you did this with a #10 brush! Great practice for your workshop! Have fun at the Masters weekend!

David Westerfield said...

Yes, I could use this practice too. You have a good composition and I agree about using the big brush.
I would like to hear about your experience at "Masters." I've considered it but was hesitant thinking of the crowds.

Stephen Parker said...

Amazing, Laurel. You just made me an even bigger fan of painting with as large a brush as practical.

Stephanie Berry said...

Carol Marine had us do value studies at her workshop here in Maine. They were trickier than I thought they would be. Yours is very nice.

Nancy Laliberte said...

Thank you for sharing Laurel. These are so helpful and inspiring. Have a great time at the Masters weekend!

Bev Boren said...

Hey Laurel - great studies and great work! We met last year at the OPS show at Southwest Gallery- really love your work. Have a great time at the Masters, can't wait to hear all about it.

Heidi Malott said...

Oh, yes, this can be a struggle. What a great exercise.

Love your work!