I’ve been laying low online, but in real life I’ve been working on studies and homework from group lessons with Nancy Frost Begin. She’s from Las Cruces — here’s a bit about her and her varied work. I have gotten so much out of the two classes we’ve had with her.
Here’s homework that I just finished where we had to paint a small painting in our regular style, and then repaint it two ways: once in darks/shades, and the other in palest hues/tints. I took my birthday bouquet as the starting point.
And here they are in black and white through the magic of software.
I found the dark one the most difficult to paint. I knew that yellow would be the lightest dark on the value scale, but I thought I was getting the rest pretty dark, but as you can see above, they are a bunch of lights in the painting.
All in all, it was an excellent exercise all around in the pigment/water ratio, mixing darks, while just having fun! oh yes and my birthday was chill and relaxing…just what I needed!