Starting Out With Correct Values In Oil Painting
One of the ways to ensure that your values are correct is to create a mono-color painting using four values. I first tone my canvas with a mixture of Red and Burnt Sienna which has been thinned with Gamsol. This becomes my mid-value.
Next I put in my darkest values using mostly Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. Then using a brush and more Gamsol I remove the first "Toning" to create my lightest value. I also use paper towel for larger areas. Then I adjust my mid-tone values.
If I cannot create accurate values using a monochromatic scheme, then it is just going to be that much harder when I add color. I check my values by constantly looking and trying to 'see' the painting in its monochromatic state.
The finished painting will have more than four values just through the process of completing the painting.
Still on the easel. Needing a some adjustments
And the final Painting:
Storm Over Great Salt Lake
12" X 14"
Oil on Linen