If you slightly squint your eyes, you will see that at least 2 and possibly 3 values of color make up any object in the natural world. Practice creating entire paintings with no more than 3 values on any object. Paint a few of those and you’ll discern a rhythm between areas of 1, 2 and 3 values. It’s a fun game.
— Cristina Acosta
Continuing on Charles Reid’s DVD, here is another watercolor painting where he explains tonal values. This is why you see numbered values from 1 to 6 at the top of the painting and this was very helpful to me as this is what I find the most difficult in painting. Sometimes my paintings have only high tonal values and sometimes they only have low… He also mentions that we should start painting with the mid-values as opposed to starting with the highs or lows. Anyway, another DVD viewing that was helpful, to me -)
Paper: Arches 6″ x 8″
Colours: Raw Sienna, French Ultramarine, Perylene Maroon
Location: Charles Reid’s DVD in Rigaud