Changing the value of a shape can be the difference between the painting popping or not popping.  Unless I’m aiming for subtlety or moodiness, I like my paintings to pop.

Before and after a second wash of green on the center cell

Darkening the value of the center cell creates a much greater sense of space, or depth, in the image.  I like the way it hovers over the rest of the painting when it’s a darker value.  The image on the left bores me.  It doesn’t invite my eye into the painting to explore the various objects.

Family Treasures No. 19

I couldn’t resist revealing more of the treasures hidden within the skirt of the glass lady.

Sketchbook painting: drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink, followed by watercolor on Rives BFK paper