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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Carol Marine Class Day 2 Exercise 1

Mid Value Dominant Dark Smidge
6"x6" oil on canvas panel

I have always enjoyed doing value studies, but this second time through Carol's workshop, I am finally grappling with what I really need to learn from them. Carol says that if you can make one value dominant (more than half the area of the painting), one secondary, and the third value, just a smidge, you can make a more dramatic painting. I can't tell you how hard it was for me to construct a composition that had these ratios! Carol helped on this one, by showing me how to get a bit more mid value so that I could make it really dominant. Step back from your screen, and you can see the effect better.

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