Limiting yourself to only THREE values in a painting,
really drives home the importance of getting your values right!
It forces you to simplify the shapes
and make design decisions ahead of time.
Today, on white watercolor paper, we used only three values;
black, white and a middle value grey (50% black 50% white).
Note: The tendency is to mix the middle value too dark
so be sure to compare it something!
NO Blending. Just flat shapes!
It is surprising how much drama you can create with
just three values and good design!
Here is just a sampling of the results!
I recommend this exercise to both
beginners and experienced painters.
It's eye opening and a lot of fun!
I love it when you post these exercises. This one and the last one about Macchia are making the landscape I'm painting MUCH simpler.ReplyDelete
I am going to try this with my class next time.