personal values

Just kidding. Value studies. Today’s exercise is to mix colors (hues) so that they have the same saturation.

I was given a “shortcut” or learning tool – the black and white filter on my phone camera. Cool! Ultimately, of course, I want to develop my eye so that I can see the differences in values without “help”, but hey – this is a neat way to understand the exercise.

Below are my mixed colors. I’m trying to match the value of the red in the upper left corner. Now I can see the swatches that match and those that don’t.

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breakin’ loose

All the color mixing skills were coming along. Then the teacher pulled a switcheroo. It’s not so much about the color of the apple (red) but the light on the apple. Warm light? cool light? Monet painted the light on one haystack over and over: noon, sunrise, cloudy, whatever. It was not about the hay being yellow. Just about beginning to understand that!

this one is about being true to the color of the objects.

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this one is about TRYING to paint the light on the objects.

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and the following week – “local” color, warm/cool, color of light, value (light/dark), “turning” to show shape. Whew. Where are the crayons?!?

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So . . . next session – even more changes (subtle?) – and perhaps done with this?

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the difference between

I have more confidence in drawing than painting. But happily, I’m on the 10-year plan. Ten years of learning and then ten years of greater mastery and more choices.

Pears: d’anjou, red d’anjou and bosc (charcoal & pastel).

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one note: I only used cadmium red, ultramarine blue and hansa yellow, plus white to paint this (acrylic).

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three dog night

See what I did there? LOL

Still painting on my own from Leslie Frontz’s book. This was tonight’s lesson. Poor sad doggie.

first pass:

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second pass:

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third pass:

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values

Returned to watercolor for home practice. My oil paint classes are cancelled this week. This is a value study, trying to make sense of stuff through lights and darks.

Three tries! The first (from the practice book) included a background. That was too much for me to work on. With 2 & 3, just worked on Farmer Clyde.

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