30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 7

mini painting color study along Cheek Rd trail in Durham May 5 2019
Mini color study, 3×4 oil on paper

This was another photo I took on our hike along Cheek Rd. Trail in Durham, and I liked the large foreground field with layers that go back into the distance. My focal point is the barn in the distance.

To bring a bit of the sky colors into the land, I added touches of darker blue and pink to the grasses. They’re very subtle in the sky, and I didn’t want to add colors that light to the ground plane, so I took the same hues and made them darker without introducing so much contrast.

Reference photo taken along Cheek Rd. Trail

Value thumbnail of simple shapes

Black and white value check of my study

I’ve been really happy with how the value structure of my color studies are turning out lately! The paper was toned with a light wash of ultramarine violet. I thought it would play well with the overcast sky. Once again, it’s mostly covered up though, lol.