Back to doing smaller paintings to take to the Ohio Art Market and replace the ones I've sold.
Used this idea from artist, Patti Mollica, http://newyorkpainter.blogspot.com. I happened to see it off on the side while she was doing one of her YouTube demos. I took an 8x10 canvas panel and painted the three value shades of gray using acrylic paint. I can use this many times until I fill it up. Wonderful idea for checking values. Peggi Kroll Roberts has videos for value exercises too that I often do.
There were several things I concentrated on with this painting. First, I was very conscious of my values. I was painting from a photo I took on my iPad. My grandson showed me how to change the filter when I edited the photo on my iPad. I was then able to choose " tonal" which allowed me to view the values. I drew the scene and massed in my shadows on the figures. Then I put in much of my background using warm and cool colors for contrast.
I was anxious to paint the figures, my focal point. I realized how much I'm learning about color. Adding a little orange to the cad red caused the red to pop. Just love that. Also, I added yellow to brighten up the green in the shirt. To get the blues to pop in the shirt, I put ultramarine blue mixed with white next to the phthalo blue mixtures. So much better than just adding white.
I was very pleased with this one considering I scraped two before this one. I can still do this. I was beginning to wonder. Don't you just hate when that happens? :)