Class Notes - It's All About VALUE - Week Five.
VALUE: the dark, the light.
How to understand value and communicate it correctly in your work is always the challenge. VALUE, more than color is key to a successful painting. Values explain the landscape and reveal what is happening with the light on the forms. Color can be distracting and often keep us from creating correct value relationships, so taking a photo and making a black and white copy can help by showing: lightest light and darkest dark, patterns of light and dark, and the 3 dimensional qualities of objects in the landscape.
I like to use a black and white sketch or photo because it frees me up to use colors of my own choosing - as long as they fit into a strong value pattern. See below.