Saturday, August 27, 2016


"Curve Ahead" in progress on the work table

The latest work deals with values in progression from dark to light. Three more sections of the five piece work were hooked this week, while the smallest was hooked last week. One left to go. 

The middle section above is the brightest and seems to stand out the most. This sometimes leads to the thought that it is strongest in value. Value refers to dark and light, not dull and bright (intensity). It is the area where I seem to find most of my corrections need to be made in works.

By converting a piece to black and white one can more easily see the values involved. The values above range from high(white in the lines) to low (black). Where these two meet are the highest contrast areas in the pieces. The highest contrast is usually where the focal point lies.

In these works, however, the focal point is the arrow shape. This clearly leads the eye from one work to the next to follow them in descending order.

Close-up of what will be the third section in line

If you look back at the black and white version of the piece above, there is little contrast in values between the rose color and the lightest gray. The brightness of the rose makes it stand out more than the value does.

Yarns were pulled out of their bins to see what will work for whipping the edges of each piece.  

Each of the yarn colors will be mixed with a dark gray.  I am not going for a perfect match to the color of the arrow shape, but something a bit off.  A dark pine green with specks will go with the yellow green while a rust orange will go with the rose. These will also range in value from dark to light.

Two more yarns chosen for other sections

Books placed in order from light to dark

I often find myself looking at colors and trying to determine their values.  Are they lighter or darker than the colors next to them? I also play Blendoku on my ipad. The game is an excellent exercise in determining color value and gets more difficult as it progresses. 

Art exercise--

Try games like Blendoku, collect color chips from paint stores and try placing them in order of value, look at things around you and see if you can determine which colors are lighter or darker. Values close in relation become more difficult to determine. Challenge yourself.

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