I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
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.