I’m trying to learn to simplify, and only include significant detailin my painting and drawing. Part of that process is doing value drawings. From an old civil-war-era photo, I tried to reduce this young man sitting by a tent to the most important shapes, while still retaining the essential. My first attempt was hopelessly complicated and fussy. This is the second one, but as you can see, I need a third draft. It’s so difficult to unclutter!
Then I did one from life – the wisteria is blooming like crazy and I tried to capture it. Later today, I hope to do a color study of this one. Check out Ronell’s wisteria paintings at <http://rnllvanwyk.blogspot.com/2007/04/details-of-wisteria.html> for some gorgeous color. You can’t help but want to paint wisteria around here right now – it’s everywhere, and in that amazing first bloom where it’s all flowers.