I’ve downloaded a photoshop app that allows me to snap a photo of my painting and change it to black and white on my phone. This is incredibly helpful while painting en plein air. I can tell immediately when values aren’t working well.
I painted Bob’s wildflower meadow a week ago. The clouds were driving me crazy.
Before I could make any changes I had to wait for the oil paint to dry. The sky already had a nasty green tint to it. My original plan was only to clean up the sky and correct the cloud issue.
My plan usually changes. With each stroke, new resolutions had to be found.
After the last resolution I have decided to move on …… whew …… I learned more from working my way through all these variations than I would have if I had started over eight times. With each change, some elements improved and some nice passages were lost.
As always, the most important lesson is that paintings will go more smoothly, with more opportunity to play with color if I resolve the light and dark shapes FIRST!