The Power Of A Simple Value Composition
Simple Sketch to Dynamic Painting With Light And Mood
A simple color scheme, simple shapes, and simple techniques combined with a simple value composition lead to a beautiful evocative seascape scene.
Starting with a simplified sketch overlaid with a simple arrangement of dark, light and middle values, we create a painting of a beautiful ocean scene with soft evening light. We’ll use an anologous cool color scheme with a warm complement to capture the look and feel of the time near sunset at the oceanside.
An Easy, Simple Evening Seascape Scene
This lesson will have you painting an evening seascape scene. It’s a simple composition with simple shapes and a complementary color scheme with dramatic value contrasts.
It really is and easy one.
From Value To Color
We’ll work from a simple value composition in which we divided our picture space into three areas – foreground, middle ground, and background. We then applied a different value over each space, joining some of our separate objective elements into the larger value areas.
The biggest difficulty in working from a value sketch is that there is a tendency to abandon our well designed value composition in favor of those internal impulses that want us to paint individual elements separately.
Jump in and follow along – this one is really quite easy.
What You’ll Need:
- Value Sketch – use the one from the earlier video
- Value Scale – any that you have will do or make one with this lesson – Five Step Value Scale
- Brushes – 1 1/2″ Flat, 1/4″ Flat, Medium Round, Small Round, and Cotman #3 Rigger .
- Colors – Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold, DaVinci Cadmium Red Light, Winsor Newton Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Daniel Smith Cobalt Blue, WN Cerulean Blue
- Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″ x 11″ or so