|Morning Pool 18x14 oil on linen panel|
I was three quarters of the way through this one when I found myself struggling to bring the painting to a close. "What's the problem?", I thought. Ahh! It's the value relationships. I had to go back through all the shapes and carefully "key" the values so that the shadows were light enough to reveal their colors, and the hi-lights were high enough to produce the effect of illumination.
This one almost got away. VALUES ARE KEY! You can wind up in a big disappointing mess if you fail to plan the value range needed to pull off an effect.