Sunday, February 22, 2015

Streaming Light Value Study

Streaming Light, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2015

My challenge for Daily Paintworks this week is to paint using only a range of grays. The point of this exercise is to closely observe the darks and lights in a subject, and then hang onto them while painting. It's quite easy to lose a grip on these values because color can be so confusing. Taking a break from color every once in awhile helps me "see" my way back to what the values are truly doing. 

Below is my pre-mixed range of grays, using Titanium White and Ivory Black. Normally, I do not have black on my palette, but mix a rich black with Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. For this exercise, using a tube black helped me keep my range of grays consistent (and kept all color out of the mix.)


Sharon L. Graves said...

Love this. The exercise, the painting, the thought process, the furniture. I need to do this myself.

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful work. In January I did quite a bit of drawing in black marker on white -- forcing me into the gray range. I know what you mean.


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