Learning the Grey Scale and Exercises in Value
I am working up the nerve to share a couple beginning art projects to share with you. For one of my first projects in my Color Media class, we did a watercolor exercise to learn the grey scale and a range of values, using black watercolor tube paint. This project was full of gradients.
It was a great experiment! There are a few things I’d like to go back and fix, but I’ve never done any of this before, so it was a fun challenge to learn all sorts of techniques that are new to me.
Our next project was another value exercise, to do a black and white still life painting with acrylic tube paint, another medium I’ve never worked with before. After laying down a pencil sketch of our still life, we painted the dark values in transparent washes and the lighter values with opaque paint.
This project was also very challenging for me. And full of more great lessons. I can now say I feel more comfortable working with tube paint, as well as recognizing and applying different values in the (hopefully) right places. That’s the beauty of learning – you learn how to do something and then learn how to make it better.