Locating a Value Pattern – DVD-1


Dianne addresses how to deal with a scene that inherently contains a poor value pattern. In this lesson, she shows how we can create a readable value pattern by adjusting middle values.

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Series 9:  DVD

S9 L1 Locating a Value Pattern

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In this lesson, S9L1 Locating a Value Pattern of  our  EXPLORING VALUE PATTERNS series,   Dianne addresses how to deal with a scene that inherently contains a poor value pattern.  She discusses why value patterns are important while exploring how by adjusting the middle value, we can create a readable pattern from a scene whose lights and darks are scattered.  She uses her newly developed Notan Value Scale (included with your video download) as a guide for showing where these values register on the scale and how we can interpret them within their contextual relationships.  .

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 When we switch our attention from what a subject is to its various values in shadow and not-in-shadow, we find we are able to more confidently interpret our subjects.  Often the only thing that causes problems in our paintings is how we’ve interpreted the degrees of our values.  Many times that happens because we were more focused on the identity of the subject rather than the values that are within it.  Dianne hopes that this series will help artists struggling with values to find clarity and self confidence.


Among contemporary artists whose work reflects a confident use of value patterns,  Qiang Huang stands out as a master.  Take a look at his work on his website Gallery.   Also, you can see examples of how Dianne works with values by visiting her on-line Gallery


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