Painting colorful loose shapes has been my focus for many years. A style that seems to be recognized by those who are familiar with my work. I am a shape painter with few details. Reviewing some old….old notes that were written years ago when taking a workshop from Christopher Shink sparked an interest in tonal values. Most experienced painters unconsciously paint the values needed, intuitively. I pulled out a drawer housing half sheet watercolor paintings and began applying principles from the cold notes. Some of the paintings were worthy to be called ‘painting’….while some could use a band-aid. What a great learning tool when those so-so paintings are put under the microscope focusing on an important principle. Because color is so much of who I am or want to be….it was overriding value ranges. The painting below is a quick study painted with value in mind with color reigned in…..a corner has been turned on my journey. As much as color dominates my creativity, my palette has been limited to about 7 colors with a few opaques. Sacrificing painting those wonderful negative shapes, which excites me, using bright opaques to enhance the neutrals…….