Saturday, May 25, 2019

30 Days of Value Thumbnails - Day 24

mini painting color study tree by path in the park May 22 2019
Mini color study, "Guarding the Path", 3x4 oil on paper

I'm really happy with today's mini color study! It's a very simple scene, but I think my value thumbnail was particularly effective, and my color mixing worked great for the most part. I did a quick block-in of the tree and cast shadow with a mix of transparent earth red and ultramarine blue which introduced a dark, warm reddish orange into the greens that I like.

Two areas I'd work on next time are the cast shadow along the path and grass, and the value contrast on the right side. It got a little sticky there because as I added the sunlit area to the main tree, it became the same value as the more distant trees. I could try going a bit lighter with the distant trees and a bit darker with sunlight on the big tree — I don't think it would take much of a shift, but just enough to make that area more clear.

Reference photo from a local park
Value thumbnail of simple shapes
Black and white value check of my color study