Friday, October 17, 2014

Value, Value, Value

Friday already? Where did the week go I wonder? I am still working on some new ideas, playing with the acrylics as though they were gouache. I think I might have mentioned before that my first mediums were watercolor and gouache. I love the creamy consistency of gouache and the lovely matte look of them. All they are really is watercolor with white added but they are very different and fun to work with. By adding white to the acrylic in large amounts it is possible to get a similar look.

One thing I have always loved is making value scales. It is fun really to get that tiny increment of lighter color slowly and deliberately. It is especially nice to do it in an actual painting!  Arthur Dove was a master of values. You can almost hear the fog horns blowing just from his careful use of value.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and good luck to everyone this weekend in the "Head of the Charles" regatta!

1 comment:

Robbie said...

I've never been very good at getting different values in my fabric dyeing...your piece is lovely....