Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Painting Value Study

This is a value study for a new painting  for my weekly class.  My instructor's teaching method is that we make a value study for every painting before we can start painting with color.  It's helpful to me for the drawing part.  I wiped off and redrew the nectarines twice before I got the placement right.  It's much easier to wipe off a value study than part of a painting, at least for me.  I don't have as much invested in it emotionally at that point.

Brr, it's cold.  I don't have enough clothes for this kind of weather.  My heavy sweaters are in a box somewhere in the garage because we are living with my daughter and in the process of building a house.  I didn't want to go out there and rummage around to find them.  I have on more layers than a street person!   Stay warm!

11" by 14" oil on canvas


  1. This is very nice, Virginia. Love the warm glow. You need to go get those sweaters now!

  2. It's a good thing to do an underpainting, I have been doing that, too, for a while, now.Good start!And stay if possible warm, we can see on TV the US under the snow, it's stunning, for me!

  3. Glad to see you're back to work! Value studies are good---they give you a map and orient your brain so you know where you're going like you've done it before. (Like I really know. :-)) It IS cold! Snow this morning! Only the new part of my house is insulated and huddled in there, it's warm. The rest of the house is like being outdoors! Bet I've got more layers on than you!

  4. Votre composition Virginia est très lumineuse!
    N'oubliez pas le pull et ne prenez pas froid!