October 1, 2009

matching values


Like the previous post, I painted a value study before moving on to the color study. To test how values will match, spots of the color can be placed directly on top of the monochromatic study, as shown above. (Or, if you prefer, a plastic coating like saran wrap can be wrapped over the value study to protect it while the colors are matched).
"You get your color with your eyes open, your value by squinting"...Martha Saudek

6 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Great way to study. I'm loving the monochromatic study with the spots of color. A very rich looking painting.

Bobbi Heath said...

Both of these sets of figure value studies are just great! I love the idea of dotting the value study with the colors to be used on the color version to make sure the values match! It's good to know I'm not the only one that gets caught up in these... And, as always, your quotes are great.

Marian Fortunati said...

Love these explorations.....

Tracy said...

Funny, I do value sketches in pencil before I start a painting, but never thought to compare my colors to the values in the study. -doh-What a great concept!

Interesting to see these together; do you do them the same size?

(...and, always love your quotes!)

FCP said...

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate you taking the time to look. And yes, Tracy, they are the same size. I try to put studies like these up in the studio to remind me to think about, and plan values in paintings when I don't start with the monochrome study.
Faye

becky joy said...

Very nice studies. Simplicity is wonderful.