Practicing 2-Value Notans

Taking a couple of hours out of my day, I sourced some inspiration to make a variety of very quick notan sketches. Since it is still summer here, and absolutely dreadfully hot outside, I stayed indoors and referenced many of the photos I used for an earlier assessment for the Virtual Art Academy.

If you…

2 Value Notans Practice From The Old Masters

I am up to week 6 in the Virtual Art Academy and we have just begun to learn about notans. Notans can really use as many values as you want, although most artists will limit their sketches down to just two to four values. Of course it makes sense to start as simple as possible… with…

Evaluating Tonal Values In Artworks

I am again exploring how values have been used in various artworks. Unlike the posts Comparing Values In Artworks – The Classics or Comparing Values in Artworks – The Contemporary, I am looking how effectively they have used the values. A strong sense of tonal values is important in an artwork to help convey a…

Book Review: Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala Review

There are SO many books about (oil) painting on the market that it’s really hard to choose which one to buy. This is an in-depth review for the book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala. I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter review, explaining what that specific chapter covers and whether…

Comparing Values In My Own Paintings

Since I am studying so much about values in art lately, I figured it was only fair to go back to my own past artworks and analyse how effectively I used values. I have known about the concept of values for quite some time, but as I have often learnt knowing theory and practically applying…

Unguided Artwork A Day Oil Painting

This is my first “unguided” oil painting for an artwork a day goal.

I focused a bit on the colors and values for the distant mountain, though I have realised that this could have perhaps been made even more obvious in the painting. The photo had none of these value changes, thus I was doing…

An Artwork A Day #1

The best way to learn any new skill is to practice, practice and practice. Following this principle I want to try to make a painting a day, or as close to it as my schedule allows.

I am completely new to oil paints. I have spent the last few days getting familiar with the sense…

Simplifying Photos for Notans and Value Studies

I’m currently learning about values in art. Part of this process is to learn how to see in values and how to place these values in paintings. If you are struggling to see the values in photos, it really helps to simplify your photos. This post will take you through a few steps on how to…

Interactive Color Value Tools and Apps

Are you learning values and hues and tones? Do you need to practice how you perceive these to help you get better at art? Here are a few resources that will help you learn.

The ios Blendoku 2 game is based on color principles and exercises taught in art schools around the world. Your goal…