A value study allows me to work out all the steps in a painting in advance. Values are the most important part of a painting. If the value study works, the painting will work guaranteed. This is an old house near Sedburgh England that I discovered while hiking.
I am studying the placement of edges to create dramatic lights and darks. I decide to add flowers at the entrance and move the trees around to create better interest. Now with my value study complete I am ready to begin the painting with confidence. All my paintings start with studies.