Daily drawings # 69 – Value studies
Chalk and Charcoal on printed pages 11 x 81/2
This image is a sketch of an idea for a painting. It’s the umteenth version of a woman in a chair, the second version of a woman in a chair with a dog, cat and bird…looking out.
I did this sketch right on the canvas, as I have a very hard time transferring a small sketch I like onto a bigger stage. Something always gets lost. This way I was able to keep the gesture larger and looser and on the canvas where it can stay put.
But decisions need to be made about how to proceed: Where is the light coming from? How are the lights and darks going to be distributed? How will this affect the emotional tone of the painting? and so forth. Rather than muck up my canvas with “try-outs” I photographed the sketch and printed several copies.
Here are a couple of value options I am considering for composition.
What gets your attention? What’s your response to the tone set by the lighting?
Which one is better? That’s a tough question but still worth asking. It was once put to me like this: “If you were in a museum that was on fire and you could only save one, which would it be? GO!”