Plein Air Tip Guide Preview: Problem 17

Problem 17: How Do I Know What Value To Make Each Object?

When we say "objects" in our painting we're really talking about the big planes of a landscape:

  • sky plane
  • ground plane
  • slanted planes
  • vertical planes

Squint your eyes to simplify these shapes, then compare the value of one shape to another, never judge the value of a plane by itself.  For example, a mountain may look dark compared to the sky, but it may appear lighter than the trees in front of it.  These four planes receive light at different angles so they won't ever be the same value.

Below is the Video Demo for Problem 17 from the Video section of the Package.

Winter Trek - 24 x 30

Winter Trek - 24 x 30