Artist in Residence Project: Fair Oaks Mini Residency- December 9, 2012: Fish Prairie Winter 12x16 inches Artist in Residence Paintings Notes From My Residency Journal Today was glorious at Fair O...
Posted by Linda Blondheim at 7:07 PM
I like the idea of a progression of studies, first dark/light, then dark/light/mid, then dark/half tone dark/mid/half tint light/light. This is what I call my five value family and it is what I use to this day for value structure. I am a proponent of simplifying values in my mind, slotting this value family into the scale rather than the longer one normally used by painters. I like to study values in terms of dark and light rather than black and white. I believe in order to understand values in painting, I must learn them in color, not black and white. My notan studies are usually in color. I know my method is not pure nor does it comply exactly to the rules of notan. I have modified my studies to suit my needs personally.
Simplifying values down to two, three,five really teaches me how to choose structure. Limited choices reveal possibilities I would not have considered before. Given that, I freely confess that I am a high contrast painter, not a mid range painter. You must choose a value structure to fit your natural tendency as a painter.
Thanks for sending me your question.