Using the Valueviewer Ap, I snapped pictures of the painting before and after, then switched each photo to a Notan, showing the dark and light value patterns in the pictures. The pattern which dark and light shapes make in a painting is the first thing we notice from a distance. If it is a good pattern with good shapes, we will want to see it closer.
|"St. Emilion" Fluid Acrylics and Watercolor on YUPO 26x34"|
Same picture, different placement of darks and lights.
How many times have we loved a painting because of the colors? The textures? The subject matter? But without a really good pattern of lights and darks, a painting will soon become less exciting no matter how great the subject, colors, or textures.