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Friday, 11 June 2010

Value in Paintings; An Important Element of Color





The above is my painting,Outdoor Market and an image of the painting in gray scale (values). The painting is predominantly middle and light values; it has some dark values. The values contribute to a light sunny day and atmosphere.

Value is an important element of color. It is so important that many books and artists consider it a separate element in art. My teacher taught it as an element of color. His view is correct in my opinion. If you alter value, you alter other color elements, i.e intensity. Value in art is white, black and grays. On computer programs, it is called gray scale mode. Value can describe objects, shapes and space. It includes emotional aspects, atmosphere, gloom, happiness and dramatic moods. Value is used to model forms. It is recommended that the focal point in a painting have the lightest light and darkest dark. Paintings should have a dominant value, i.e. dark, middle tones, light.

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