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Friday, March 18, 2011
Shapes and Value
Sunbathed Field, 11 x 14
This was a demo from this past week's Monday class. Since it was the first week of a new session, and we had some newcomers to the class, we started with a basic exercise of blocking in large shapes. This gets the composition in place before tackling the finer details of the subject matter. In this painting, I first divided the composition into about 5 shapes to start wtih, roughing in only values, keeping all edges loose. From there I broke down each shape into it's more subtle value ranges, and addressed warm and cool colors. Later in the process I sharpened and softened edges according to where I wanted to lead the viewer's eye. I'm not always thrilled with my demo paintings, but I'm pretty happy with this one.