Checking My Values

 I have always been aware of the importance of "good values" in my life choices and behavior. But, in ART? 

I'm not talking about plagiarism here. I am talking about the nemisis of selecting and applying lights and darks in a painting, AKA "Value". I think my ancient posts on this blog addresses values, scale, light and dark as opposed to saturation and other elements. Sift through the old stuff to find that.

As some of you know, I have been playing around with a piece of art that was never begun as a focussed art piece. It began as a Liquitext Glass Medium experiment on Jones Foil. The painting actually evolved on its own until it sparked a childhood memory. 

When I thought I was "finished" with the painting, I had a unsettled feeling every time I past by it in my living room. Then I realized that the painting's values were all midtone. With all the bright hues, shapes, and textures, it was challenging to see where I lost my sense of values. 

As a visual story, values give context to your art whether realistic or abstract. It brings your viewer into the piece and leads them along a path no different that chapters of book lead a reader to the conclusion.

Below I submit two versions of my painting, "Seeking the Light". The one on the left was the last edition before I recognized I needed to improve on my values. The one on the right is the final improvement. Paintings are never complete, in the artist's eye, but this is as complete as this one will be except for a very clear coating to ensure the elements won't fall off over time. And I hope it helps you chose your "values."

Send a comment. Can you see the difference values make?