Value Sketch For An Old Mill

In this lesson, we work through the process of creating a Value Sketch or Value Composition for the “Old Mill In Evening Light” watercolor painting lesson.

A Value Sketch or Value Composition Sketch helps organize and clarify the handful of large Value Shapes that form underlying composition for your painting.  This is an important preliminary step in the painting process – and one that is often avoided.

There are two parts to the value sketch process – one is easy, the other can be a challenge.

The easy part is adding Value to the compositional shapes.  The hard part is allowing your self to create large compositional shapes because it requires a different kind of thinking about painting and your subject.

We have a set of lessons on the basics of Value For Showing Light and Form, and for Composition.

Materials Needed

  • Brushes – 1″, 3/4″, or 1/2″ Flat Brush, Medium size Round #14 or so.
  • Colors – Burnt Sienna, Thalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press


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Old Mill In Evening Light Painting Project

This lesson uses the value sketch from the lesson above to create an evening light scene.

It’s a great lesson for learning how to translate Value to Color.

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