Shapes and Values


I once showed slides of my art to a women’s group. One painting had a glass bottle with brushes in it. One of the ladies asked if I had used glass colored paint.

This painting has a clear light bulb with a problem of painting glass. There is a metal pair of pliers with a reflection problem. Lastly, there is an apple.

If you know anything about my technique, it is to look for shapes of colors and values, not at the specific items. I see a shape inside the bulb that has a light pinkish color. I paint it. The threaded part of the bulb has shapes of white and dark parallel lines. I paint them. The pliers have shapes of black lines and shapes of white lines, etc.

Just forget about trying to paint the objects. Find the shapes and values. That’s all there is.

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February 9, 2009

Margaret @ 10:13 pm #

You’ve used your special brand of “magic” once again! I love it!

February 10, 2009

Christine @ 8:28 pm #

I enjoy your “teaching” blogs. It’s nice to see how you do what you do.

February 18, 2009

Susie @ 11:54 am #

How interesting to see the colored shapes and lines in a clear lightbulb. I would never had noticed if you hadn’t pointed them out. Fascinating!

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