Daisies and Ladybird

Daisies and Ladybird
Daisies and Ladybird

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Value Sketches

Hi everyone, I've really missed blogging these last few weeks and actually this year I have posted less and less. I am still painting as much as ever, maybe more so, its just been so hectic. Especially these last few months. On the 29th of October I took part in a day long workshop in Urban Landscape run by Adebanji Alade. It was very intense and I absolutely loved every minute of it, Adebanji is such a gifted artist and has such a passion which comes through in his teaching. I was so wrapped up in the day that I took very few pictures, but if you look on Adebanji's facbook you will see all the details.
https://www.facebook.com/adebanji.alade?fref=hovercard

 He taught us that doing a value sketch before beginning a painting goes a long way towards creating a successful painting. Over the years I have always meant to sketch more, but after a few drawings I go back to just painting straight away. I vow to sketch more as it really does make such a difference. Value sketches help to work out the design of the painting and see if there is enough contrast and balance between values.

The more I paint the more I feel I have so much to learn, but blogging has meant so many positive benefits , I feel is essential to my growth as an artist. the very practice of painting and posting, receiving encouragement from artists and keeping in touch with what everyone else is doing is so important. Painting is such a solitary occupation and most times blogging is the only social means of communication with other artists.



4 comments:

  1. I also just paint away with no preparation what so ever, surely a value sketch would help clean up all the errors made during the painting it self. Nice to see you back and lovely sketch .

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  2. Beautiful sketch Azra,
    I never have the patience for sketching, preparing the values before hand will definitely result in more clarity.
    Even I was away, again in the middle of another ordeal. Hope I havent missed on your works, I will check now.

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  3. Cannot wait to see what becomes of your paintings. I feel I will never have enough information about painting rattling around in my head, personally speaking. I just cannot learn enough. :)

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  4. Hi Azra, I've been away from painting due to other commitments so I'm a bit behind with everyone's blog. This value study is great! Even doing very quick two tone ones in oil can be fun not to mention helpful. Yes I agree, painting can be a solitary activity but blogging with other artist REALLY helps!

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