:: Moody blues ::

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send
— Moody Blues

20160702-burlington-jane-hannah-value-sketchValue sketchings — oooh how important they are! They permit you to see through one colour the three, four or five different values that exist (perhaps even more). For this painting there are five values… from white to very dark violet (you could actually think in percentages of tints if you prefer). Sometimes I explain this by using the analogy of adding milk or white paint to a colour. The more white paint that you add, the lower it lies on the value scale. If you think of value scales as being zero for white and 10 for black, these five values would be in the range of 0, 3, 5, 8 and 10. Can you see them? Once you start seeing these values, you are ready to paint or appreciate photographs… the principles of design are the same for all art forms. Once these values are set, and the value sketch makes sense, then I know that the painting will be fine….

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Carbazole Violet
Location: 24 Penny Lane, Burlington, Vermont, USA

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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3 Responses to :: Moody blues ::

  1. whimseytopia says:

    Cold hearted orb that rules the night
    Removes the colors from our sight.
    Red is gray and yellow white
    But we decide which is right
    and which is an illusion.

    I didn’t have to look that up since it is, and the album in which is is found, is my all-time favorite.

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