Friday, June 11, 2010

Value study


Ok, I did the value study. It is on a 12 x 12 canvas board and I actually drew this vase from a still life! (I now have several bald spots on my head!) Doing a black and white value study is extremely difficult, I thought. I think that the hard thing for me in painting is seeing the slight changes in the values. I think that is why I have leaned more toward whimsical paintings where the values really don't matter all that much. Well, I should correct that statement...values really do matter in every painting but when it's whimsical I guess it less noticeable and less likely to be hokey. What is a hokey painting? I can't really explain it--I just know I don't want to paint hokey paintings.

19 comments:

Mary said...

okay, if it helps when I saw this on my sidebar I thought it was a photo. Yes, it's a photo of your painting, but I mean a photo of an urn!! Not hokey!!!!! Not, not, not!!!!

Bren said...

I'm with Mary, it took me a second when I saw it on your blog to realize it was a canvas! I'd say the outcome was worth the hair loss :-) I feel like I'm seeing your amazing talent develop in new ways and directions as you challenge yourself to try new things. Thank you for sharing the journey with us, it's inspiring.

Buffy said...

I love it,love the shadow on it and under it,you did a great job. Its beautiful.

Tess said...

Museum quality piece. It would be lovely above a mantle. You did a great job on this....

Sue K said...

You did a great job on this Martha! We had to do value studies also with the lessons I'm taking. It is hard to grasp for sure. We started with gray scales, then had to do blue and then red. It was difficult to do, but I definitely learned a lot from it. The urn turned out great...yes it looks like a photo. You should be proud of yourself! Studying values will help you in all of your artwork down the road. Its all about shading, form and depth. Looks like you've got it!

DJ said...

OH YEAH!!!!!!
WOO-HOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Brilliant, Martha!!!!!!
Whee~
Doing the happy dance for you~
Just beautiful!
Amazing...
Frame that puppy and hang it somewhere where everyone can see it!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Martha,

As usual, I am blown away by your art.

This is stunning and I know how difficult it must have been, but it was surely worth all the hair pulling because it is a masterpiece.

Wow!!!!

xoxo

Gina Lee Kim said...

Value is so important....& you've executed this quite well!

margie Phillips said...

Martha,

You may enjoy painting the whimsical, but you are a true artist and you have proven it by this value study. Keep painting the whimsical, because I just love your style.

Butterfly Works said...

Your talent is unbelievable....your range of art is huge......you're something else, girlfriend, no hokey here....

Sharon said...

It is beautiful. And I too have to admit when I first saw this I thought you were showing your model for the value study. So good.

PaperPumpkin said...

Hokey?---nopey! You're so talented and uninhibited in the experiments you try. Love this! Wow, Martha...

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Wow Martha, this looks amazingly real!
I know exactly what you mean about seeing the shadows and light in black and white easier. Light and shadow is something I struggle with and holds me back sometimes. I can see where making yourself do a black and white study is helpful.

Diane said...

Wow, this painting shows just how gifted you are--to get the shadows and light like this so much so, that it appears to be a photo--amazing!

CelticWoman said...

Martha, terrific value study, it is awesome. Hugs

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh my goodness Martha, this is so beautiful. I love to do work with shading. Yours is so real looking. Great job girl.

Createology said...

Beautifully painted and perfectly amazing. Happy creating...

Renee Troy said...

You amaze me! You are such a prolific artist...I would never think hokey about anything you create. You are always striving to do new and inventive things that help you grow as an artist. I truly respect that. It's very inspiring.
Well done on the value lesson...

Xandra Y Zamora : Calligraphy + Design said...

Gorgeous!

xoxo

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