I joined the Vero Beach Art Club Plein Air group to make sure I keep my weekly art days as suggested in The Artist's Way.
This is my first photo of beach goers on a sunny Florida day. It felt good to take the time for my art journey toward becoming the best painter I can be.
PRIME THE CANVAS:
I am following her steps to learn from her style:
* Choose an appealing subject; DONE
* Determine light source and determine the darkest dark and the lightest light. DONE
* Create value and color thumbnail sketch ( I am so impatient; I dislike doing this step but here I go. The darkest dark is the back of the man's chair and the lightest is the foam of the ocean waves.
* Paint in 3 values with a flat brush, massing the shadows and simplifying shapes. I DID MASS THE SHADOW SHAPES AND NOW ON TO THE 3 VALUES
I tried something new with the 3 value thing; I cropped out individuals in the photo and will try to ID the values that I will use. I will also premix three values on my palette before painting them.
* Use expressive color.
* Avoid an equal dark to light ratio.
|3 VALUE STUDY|
Call it lazy but I rather like my idea of printing off an enlarged portion of my photo then drawing the 3 values over it. I tried colored pencil, Conte pencils and they did not work very well. Pastel chalks worked well and I did take some artistic license with the placement of the values.
|MASSING LIGHT AREA|
|3 VALUE LOCAL COLOR|
The value sketch of just the two women would make a better design to try.