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.”
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.