JOHN POTOTSCHNIK FINE ART

Refining drawing and values (Part 3)

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After many years of teaching, a common deficiency I have seen in most student’s work is a weakness of values. What I mean by that is that the paintings lack strength…the darks are often not dark enough, and the lights are not light enough; in other words, the paintings are gray. They reside in the middle range of the value scale.

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This video is all about strengthening the darks. The beauty of working with value only, no color, is that it is much easier to discern a weak painting. Color often distracts us from seeing its value…and a good value structure is the heart of a good painting. I challenge you to give it a try. I believe if we can’t create a good black and white painting, we will not be able to create a good full color painting.

I hope you enjoy Part 3 of this five-part value study video series. If you missed Parts 1 and 2…”Composition and drawing”, and “Value study block-in”, you may access them HERE.

 

 

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John Pototschnik is an Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master
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