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  • Writer's pictureCarol Wiebe

A Useful Exercise

I took the painting Suspended and made a little “value map” of it. I did it with quick, inaccurate strokes and  a light, dark and medium value.


Suspended value map 1

I fiddled with it a bit.

Suspended value map 2

Then I combined some multiples of version 2, and called it “Row Houses.”

Row Houses

I like the energy and simplicity of these 3 “maps.” I can see using them as an underpainting and exploring with other colors on top of them. Or I could translate the 3 values into patterns of the same value.

It was an engaging exercise, and made me really look at the values in the work I was dealing with. That’s useful.

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