Up until this piece, the value studies I’d done were generally mid to high key – that is, consisting mostly of greys leaning more to the white end of the value scale and minimal use of dark greys and black.
So to keep mixing it up I thought it was time for a low key value study (mainly darks with only minimal use of white and light greys).
This value study is based on a larger photo I found on-line. After my previous value study, I wanted to be a bit more thoughtful about the overall balance and composition of the piece and thought the square panel cropped in this way worked really well.
I was pretty happy with how this one turned out.
I have to say too that my little corner in the shed is really working for me and I am really enjoying being out there into the late evening with the radio on and completely absorbed in the process of just painting.
Not as big a fan of the bloody possum that leaps onto the steel roof a few feet above my head (presumably from the very top of the nearby tree by the sound it makes) at the most unexpected moments – he can stop that any time he likes.