Monday, November 16, 2009


I'm working out my composition and values. These sketches are about 1.5" x 2.5" each. I'm interested in seeing how the tones look in various places. Do I want the bird darker in the foreground? Or do I want the bird in the middle ground? What's most important - the bird, the crabapples or the foreground? Where do I want my light effect? How much negative space do I want relative to the subject?


  1. This is really interesting. The lower right image strikes me as the most dynamic.

  2. Thanks, Nicole. The thumbnail sketches are very helpful, and can save a lot of time. You can solve many compositional problems with them, and they provide a map to follow as you paint. When you experiment with them, you discover new ways to design your work, compositions you might have missed if you went straight to painting.