Morning Mug

5 x 7 oil on panel

I really think that doing those value studies is helping me plan my paintings. I need to get back to them. 
This is Easter morning with my son.

More Value Studies #3, 4, 5 & 6

I didn't spend a lot of time on any of these studies. Less then an hour for each. This is a very fun challenge that I'm learning a lot with. 
Value Study #3. Set up this simple still life for this value study. I think I kept to 4 values this time.

Value Study #4. I tried to set up the same still life again in order to try color.

Value Study #5. 

Value Studies #5 & 6. I painted these from photo references. I plan to try these in color next.
I keep hearing Peggi in my head telling me to be a designer, make interesting shapes and connect your shadows!

Value Studies 1 & 2

I've been watching a lot of Peggi Kroll Roberts DVDs, and following Jean Townsend as she attempts to take on Liz Wiltzen's challenge 50 value studies in 30 days. I don't think I will be able to do this in 30 days since I will be out of town for a week in May. But I'm going to try.

Here are my first two value studies. I haven't followed Liz's challenge exactly since I'm combining both Peggi's technique with Liz's.

Value study #1
This is my 2yr old grandson who is constantly pointing at airplanes flying overhead. I painted this from a photo reference.

Value study #2
This was painted from life. 

Sunny Saturday

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the DPW Lying Down Challenge. This young lady was watching a basketball game at a small park in Peoria IL. Looks like a fun way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.