Sunday, September 13, 2009


There is great value in painting your own value scale. You can do one in pencil, acrylics or oil. Value is probably more important than color in giving a painting depth and creating form. It takes at least three values to give an object shape.

Something that helped me as I struggled with this was to pre-mix my colors into at least three values before I even started to paint. The three value of green give you an idea of what I mean.

I still keep a value scale next to my easel as a reminder. Once colors fall into the same value, the painting starts to look flat.

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