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The Value Challenge
posted by Liz Wiltzen on Saturday Sep 10, 2011
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My apologies for running late on getting up the new challenge! We'll get back on track after this one. - David

Rule#1: Simplify, simplify, simplify.

This is all about finding the large abstract shapes. If you take color out of the equation, it gets you looking at things in a whole new way.

You can work from a photograph if you like, but if you really want to raise the bar, paint something from life. Can be anything - a still life, a landscape, a portrait or something else.

So here’s the deal, you can use only 4 values. Lots of squinting and comparing will be required - and some decision making about what to make darker or lighter to stay within the 4 value range. The goal is to create an interesting, linked pattern of shapes. Look for opportunities to bring values closer together in order to lose edges and connect shapes. It’s magic when you find them!

Remember not to paint "objects". That’s not an apple with light on one side and shadow on the other, it’s a light shape beside a dark shape. The more you can think like this, the more fun you’ll have.

PS: Printing a photo out in B&W before you start is most definitely cheating - but no parents here, so do what you need to.

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