Today is just a simple value scale.
After throwing away more paintings, I've decided to slow down. I'm still having a hard time seeing how light interacts with a subject, and an even harder time painting it in color. My attempts at painting people have been a disaster. There are too many variables for my brain to handle, which leads to really bad results and frustration.
Some adjusted goals:
- Reduce subjects and compositions to simpler shapes/forms.
- Reduce palette to white plus some other color, focusing on tones/values.
- Slow down: see, think, paint--resist the urge to lay down paint before seeing and considering the stroke.
For this exercise I printed a value scale I found on the web. This is actually the second one I painted. I experimented with gouache on the first one, and it came out a disaster (man, do I have respect for people that can use gouache). Even though this one has issues, I'm starting to feel bad for throwing stuff away instead of posting. I switched back to acrylics on this one and had a small epiphany while painting it--by the time I reached the top row, I was able to squint and mix a closer tone. After lots of failure, it was nice to have a victory.