S8 L1 Deciphering Values
In this lesson, S8L1 Deciphering Values of our series, WORKING WITH VALUES, Dianne uses foliage and water of a river scene to guide you towards locating and translating three value variations in shadow and not in shadow. She uses her newly developed Notan Value Scale (included with your video download) as a guide for naming the value variations so they can easily be comprehended. .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 contempary artists whose work reflects a confident working relationship with values in shadow and not in shadow, Kevin MacPherson stands out as a master. Take a look at his value interpretaions in paintings on his website Gallery. Also, you can see examples of how Dianne works with values by visiting her on-line Gallery.