Thursday, February 13, 2014


This was my first in the series of paintings I'm doing of downtown Austin.  Trouble with doing scenes like this is the overwhelming amount of detail you can get trapped into trying to paint.

In order to get better control of things, I simplify my idea into 3 value groups.  Like in the black and white version below.

It's usually a good idea to decide whether your story is in the light or shade.  When it's in the shade, like this one, I use a dark middle value to group with the dark shapes.  The light will  have fewer values (2 is plenty) and much less detail. The mid-value dark and dark shapes will now have most of the detail and value steps.
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
14x18 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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