Wrap-up of 30 Days of Value Thumbnails challenge

Studying value structures and composition with simple shapes, mostly from photos but a few plein air in the mixMy 30-day Value Thumbnail challenge is complete! I've loved this project for so many reasons.Developing the habit of doing thumbnails to quickly see the strengths and weaknesses of the compositionGreat practice for breaking a complex subject down… Continue reading Wrap-up of 30 Days of Value Thumbnails challenge

30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 30

Mini color study, "Long Stretch", 3x4 oil on paperI liked how the fluffy clouds stretched all the way across this view, combined with the simple shapes of the tree masses and grassy areas. As I painted them into my color study, I realized they were shaped quite a bit like snow-capped mountains.One of my goals… Continue reading 30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 30

30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 29

Mini color study, "Soft and Fluffy", 3x4 oil on paperI'm obsessed with mixing summer greens so I chose another photo from my pile that features trees and grasses. I also wanted to continue experimenting with cast shadows — making them more interesting and nuanced than a solid color, and making the color more intense where… Continue reading 30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 29

30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 28

Mini color study, "Last Glimpse of the Sun", 3x4 oil on paperMany of the country roads here in NC are thickly lined with trees, and always tempt me to pull over and take pictures when I'm out and about. But it's often hard to find a good spot to pull over. One evening I was… Continue reading 30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 28

30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 27

Mini color study, "Sun Seeker", 3x4 oil on paperAt the park where I took photos recently, there's a farm building from when the land was used for farming. I liked the way it was peeking out from behind this large tree, like it was trying to find the sun.With this subject, I wanted to play… Continue reading 30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 27