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.