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For this challenge, use the black and white window photo posted here
. Drag the full size version to your desktop. (It's grainy, but that's good, because you won't be tempted to focus on details over values.) The challenge is to paint a color version of this image - in any color harmonies you'd like, but keep the values accurate.
For folks new to values, we're referring to the gradation between dark, mid-range, and light shades in a value scale. We've all seen and/or practiced values in black and white drawings and monochrome paintings, but translating value from black and white to full color demands a little practice (and a lot of squinting). Many new painters use color in their work, with not enough attention paid to values. For this exercise, use the black and white photo as a value map, and paint a color version of the same scene, squinting frequently to ensure the darkest areas in your painting match the darkest areas of the photo, and your mid-ranges are in sync with the mid-range values the photo, and your lightest lights are where the same bright spots are in the reference photo.
This value exercise gives you lots of room to play - both with your color choices, and loose & painterly vs tightly rendered representation. When you're almost finished with your painting, snap a photo of your work, and use imaging software to check it in black and white. Compare the monochrome photo of your painting to the reference photo, and this will help you see if your values are accurate. Make adjustments on your painting where necessary, and scan or photograph your finished results to post on the DPW Challenge page. We look forward to seeing the full color posts of your work!
Please be sure to follow the spirit and the letter of the challenge.
For example, each submission must be painted after the challenge is posted.