S9 L4 A Three Value Pattern
In this lesson, S9L4 A Three Value Pattern of our EXPLORING VALUE PATTERNS series, Dianne investigates a way to change the interpretation of a scene by changing its value pattern. The lighting of a subject is the single thing that gives it its value pattern. Using as her subject an old barn in a field, she explores several options then demonstrates one of them by changing a pattern to communicate a field of light and a field of mid-value containing darks.
Included with your download is a PDF of the finished version of this study done after the lesson was finished, along with the packet of examples of value patterns and Dianne’s Notan Value Scale.
.When we switch our attention from what a subject is as related to its various value patterns 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 the three value pattern, Richard Robinson 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.