Peonies

Today I was in a flower mood…so looking through my photographs these peonies caught my attention because of their lacy edges…almost like an unruly cotton ball…hope you enjoy the 3 step process…

Mid Value Madness!!!

Step 1 Light Value



Step 2 Mid-Value


Step 3 Dark Value

After a quick sketch… Step 1 is a light wash of orange/purple/green applied to paper that had been sprayed with water. This will be the light value in the painting. Step 2…When paper was dry the mid values were applied mostly in shadow areas….the cars and people where a positive stroke of mid value. Basically reclaiming the drawing…. Step 3…The final darks were established for depth and the use of a rigger brush finished up with calligraphy marks…

Where I Left Off!!

As much as I like to paint first things first came calling…..like being with my 85 year old sister as she went through shoulder replacement. With that said all is well and I am trying to untrack. Although I was unable to paint, reading books from my stock pile brought me back to some basics. Although I understand mid values this review caught my attention concerning the importance these values play in a composition. When lights and darks sit side by side they don’t enjoy one another without mid-values. They tend to always be in competition with each other…along comes mid-value and romance begins. Mid-values can be a mixture of the colors being used, which some call mud….actually they are cool or warm grays that unify the painting as a whole. A mid-value painting can be mid value colors these ‘middies’ are what I refer to as colors that are easily recognized (cobalt/reds/greens). When these bright colors take center stage the neutrals or mid-values they create support their importance. So mid values can be a large portion of neutrals or pure hue…check out some of your paintings for the mid-values.

I quickly sketched a very busy street with the thought in mind to concentrate on mid-values. So this is the sketch and the three steps which entertained me for the afternoon….

Exercises..no not Pilate’s!!!


These are warm up studies I often do…to motivate myself to paint. These are painted with a 2 inch flat brush….no pencil drawing…just shapes. This helps to loosen up and use my imagination, I see you laughing that is if you know me. Great for exploring new colors or color schemes…most are painted on the back of those paintings you don’t want anyone to see after your gone….