|'Meadow Walk' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I surprised myself this weekend. I started a new sketchbook devoted to value studies. That's not the surprise! What surprised me was how much time I took to do just four small value studies with graphite. I didn't mind at all. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed taking my time developing these little sketches.
I used a Sketch n Wash pencil by General. It allowed me to create graphite washes. That was fun!
I started with a middle value wash and tweaked and darkened some areas while removing some areas with water. I used my small reference photos for these studies. I had such a relaxing time working on these sketches and the result.....a more painterly painting!
TIP: Paint without a reference photo using only a small value study as your inspiration.
|Small value sketches done with a Sketch and Wash pencil|
Working from a value study gives you all the information you need. It gives you the freedom to paint with passion and expression. You remember only the important details. You don't get bogged down with the unessential. You give your memory and imagination free reign to create a painting that expresses how you FEEL about the subject. Try it!
I am going to try to do at least one black and white value study in this sketchbook every day. This discipline will help me be more interpretive with my subjects.
|My Process: Blocked in the big shapes with a Masters Shadow Stix|
|Wet with water|
|Added some color in the first layer|