by Janet Glatz
Values play a very significant role in the above painting that I did two years ago. Even though the light source is dim, you can still see definite highlights and gradations of shadow.
Value is one of the seven elements of art: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color.
Beginners seldom take value into account, thus resulting in flat and lifeless paintings with no depth. Brilliantly created values can make even a mediocre composition stand out.
Value deals with the lightness or darkness of a color. Since we see objects and understand objects because of how dark or light they are, value is incredibly important; it is a function of light. We see things because light reflects off objects and enters our eyes. To paint in a way that creates an illusion of what we normally see, we must fully understand light and how it reacts on surfaces. Here are two other terms that artists must understand: Light source- area from which light is originating and
Highlights - areas on an object where light is hitting that should be emphasized.
Successful Artwork has a Full Range of Value
Artworks that exhibit a full range of value are generally successful. It doesn't matter the type of art you are creating. So long as there are dark values in harmony with light values, your artwork will most likely be aesthetically pleasing. A full range of value means that there are ample amounts of light values- called tints, and dark values- called shades. To be sure that you have a full range of value in your artwork you may create a value scale:
If you refer to a scale such as this, you can be sure to create a full range of value in your painting, adjusting specific areas of value as you go along to work in harmony.
Below is an example of highlighted areas in a painting. Notice that the focal point, the globe, is the lightest part of the painting. When you see that the light source is the window, you can follow it and paint your highlights appropriately.
Believe it or not, value is more important than color to the design and success of a painting.
Values describe the scene in ways that colors cannotIn a representational painting, value plays the role of describing these important characteristics of the subject:
1. Whether the subject has volume or is flat.
2. What kind of texture the surface of the subject has.
3. Where the light source is located, and how bright it is.
4. A gradation of values connotes depth in a painting
Therefore, paintings do not need color to play these informational roles.
Value, then, makes it possible for us to know what we’re looking at. Without clear values in a painting, objects will appear flat, lifeless, and uninteresting. But value has another role, too. The darks and lights of a painting do more than just provide descriptive information—they also determine its structure.
Hope you enjoyed this. I hope that, if you haven't already, you'll work to employ the theory of volume in your own work. To see more, visit www.janetglatz.com/artworkshopblog
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