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Back To Watercolor Basics: A Crash Course On Watercolor For Beginners

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Step 8: The Value Of Value

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Steve then explains how paintings can be viewed in terms of dark shapes against light shapes, or somewhere in between. A painting’s structure also depends more on value than its color, which he shows by bringing out a painting he did of Yosemite. He explains that its lighting and structure is reliant on the value pattern – light against dark, and vice versa. This makes value a powerful concept that needs to be practiced and applied to all forms of art. To do so, you can practice by painting monochromatically (i.e. using 1 color only), or doing a value sketch. Even taking pictures that have good lighting and composition will help with the process.