The bend in the roadPosted: May 27, 2013
I can’t stress enough the importance of good value planning before you start a painting. If you know where you are headed as you start to paint you have a much better chance of keeping your colours fresh and avoiding problem areas. Below is what I did today in Pointe Claire Village. I don’t know what I was thinking when I added the big dark shadows in the foreground. I already have a big dark area behind the house.
Here is what a little light Photoshop work can do. I took out all the dark stuff in the foreground. I’m left with a bit of an uninteresting area (that I can improve with texture in the final painting) but at least it’s not a shapeless dark. And now the focus of my sketch is where it should be — at the bend in the road where all the action is. And at least I didn’t waste many hours and some good paper figuring this out.