So, as a recap, last week I took a workshop from the very talented Jennifer McChristian. The first day we spent talking about the importance of value studies, looking at a bunch of examples, going outside to see her do one, and then trying it ourselves. For this exercise we used black and white paint, which was difficult. I wiped all my attempts because they were so bad. Yes, BAD. But Jennifer did an amazing job. Here she is setting up to demo:
And here is Jennifer's value study. Keep in mind she normally does what I would call urbanscapes, and this was her first time painting in Sedona. She makes it look so easy.
My painting (at the top) is from Slide Rock State Park. It's called Slide Rock because the rocks under the water, a little up from where I was painting, are smooth enough to slide down. Every once in a while I heard a scream and lots of cheering - turning I saw a small child usually, with a pained expression, in the water, while family and friends cheered them on. Why the pain? The water was C - O - L - D!!!