Value Lesson


Last week’s watercolor class focused on value. The challenge was to work on an abstract design using only one color. The lightness or darkness, the value, would determine the shapes and design, rather than relying on various colors.

Prior to this assignment I was unhappy with this color in my palette. It stains and is very heavy handed. I chose it for this assignment to use it up.

Once I started working with it alone, however, I found I liked the shade of red it produced – sort of brick toned in real life, almost adobe. So now I rather like it. Which is a good thing, because it’s so strong that even an entire painting used up only a smidgen of paint.


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