Saturday, June 18, 2011

Painting in High Key

"Dylan-In Progress"
Oil on Canvas, 6" sq., c. Catherine Vines
A "high key" in painting is where most of the image is light colors or white, and the value range is limited, skewed towards the lighter end. 
Yesterday's painting, for example.
I know I'm not supposed to say this, but I love that painting.  But I was confused by all the light tones when painting a woman as fair as she is. And that white-blond hair! 
As a result, I decided to start this painting with one value darker than normal for the lights. 
I'm hopeful.

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