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Good Values

"Wonderful World", oil, 6x6""Value does the work, color gets the glory." Richard McKinley Why is it so important to have a good understanding of values when you paint?

1. Values describe the scene in three important ways:
Whether the subject has volume or is flat.What kind of texture the surface of the subject has.Where the light source is located, and how bright it is. 2. Values create the visual structure of the painting
The darks and lights of a painting do more than just provide descriptive information-they also determine its structure.
When you look just at the values you see the movement through the painting.

Take the time to do a thoughtful value drawing thumbnail before you begin a painting. This one to the right is very small and has already helped me prepare for my next painting!

Have fun playing with your paints and pastels!