|HAZY DAY IN MAY 12x16 oil on canvas panel|
This composition had to be designed in simplified bands of value shapes: sky, thicket, ground plane. If you're not careful the whole thing can become chaotic, because there aren't marked differences in the values. If you pay close attention to what's happening within these subtle value groups you find opportunities for working in temperature changes rather than strong value patterns. There still has to be some type of organizing pattern of light and dark to unify the painting into an interesting design. Here's what it looks like in values only.
See what I mean? If the values don't work as a stand alone image, you don't have a painting worth painting. I really like the look of this value study. It invites my imagination to close on the picture.