Sunday, June 30, 2013

Values and Warm Colors

In this painting of Hendricks Head Lighthouse,  my challenge was to keep your eye on the lighthouse and keeper's house.  I used the warm colors on the ground rocks near the structures and the cast shadows and darks on the roofs to form a contrast that is hard to ignore.

When painting the shadowed side of white buildings, try to charge a little reflected light in your mixed grays.  Also don't get timid when painting the values of those parts of the buildings in shadows.  It will make the saved whites really sing.

Also watch the darks and textures in the foreground.  I wanted to look over the foreground, not at it.

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