For Students ...Free advice & helpful hints will be posted periodically.

Check  The Kingston School of Art where I teach many art classes and workshops for all ages. 

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Helpful Exercise

In keeping with the study of values I’d like to offer you
an easy exercise to help you 'see' the variations
of tones and learn to simplify. 


Using a 2” brush only, watercolour (any single colour you wish) on w/c paper. You may use thin acrylic washes instead. Observe a landscape (from a photo reference), next break down the values you see into three categories, light, middle-tones and darks. Take your very large brush beginning with the light category, looslely paint those shapes you see; then using less water and more pigment, sketch in the middle-tones, overlapping where necessary; you will have to further reduce the water content to achieve the darkest value shapes. 
Be certain to dry the paper between each layer.

When finished, prop up your sketch, step back to view it; you have just completed step one of a landscape work of art. 
Notice how much depth you have created by using only 3 values, it is always best to begin by simplifying the shapes.


To study this some more, come to my workshop at the Kingston School of Art Sat. Jan 24th 3:00 - 6:00 pm 

Helpful Hint:'s all about the VALUES! To achieve a realistic three dimensional quality in your subjects you must have accuracy in rendering the values.
A Value is the shade or tint
from the darkest dark to the lightest light
and all of the gradations in between.
 Check your colourful painting to see if the values are correct by photographing it, open with photo editer and convert your image to Black & White. Click for enlarged view, stand back, observe and you will readily see the areas where you need to lighten or darken to accomplish your desired affect.

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