Series 40: MERGING SHAPES
Using Gradated Value Fields – S40L3
This lesson is S40L3, Using Gradated Value Fields of the MERGING SHAPES Series. Using as her subject a fox in tall grasses under diffused light, Dianne shows how beginning with a gradated surface we can merge shapes by keeping their values within the same range as that area of the gradated surface. This lesson sets the stage for Lesson Four of this Series.
Regardless of our intention when doing a painting, giving priority to how it is composed will add strength to the entire work. One way we can do that is to control how each image belongs to the rest of the painting. For example, rather than defining each shape independently, we can give unity and order to our compositions by finding ways to merge shapes.
The four lessons in this Series explores ways to do that.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using a composing principle. Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.