Value in Different Colors

Value in Different Colors

June 22, 2020 1 Comment

What if I told you the secret to unlocking your potential with dynamic color had nothing to do with color?


Yup. Color is totally unimportant.


Okay, maybe not totally unimportant, but what's more important is value.

Value is a measure of the lightness or darkness of a particular color. For a refresher on how to determine the values of a scene, read our blog post on How To See Value.

Your eyes see value first and color second. As long as you get the value correct, your eyes will make all kinds of allowances for fun colors.

So, the first step to achieving creative color in your paintings is to determine their values. Find where each color falls on the value scale. Then you can start to play!

Consider how the colors in this painting from this year's Art On Fire series feel harmonious

Converting the image to grayscale demonstrates the value of each color and we see a nice balance


If you’d like to learn more about ways to conquer color, download our full Guide to Color or join us in The Creative Circle! 


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Kelly Ward
Kelly Ward

June 22, 2020

Ah-maze-ing example using the Art on Fire painting example converted to grayscale. The shades blend perfectly.

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