Art, oil painting, Painting, Still Life

Value Studies

Quick monochromatic value studies. Rather than using black, the greys were mixed with different combinations of complements and Titanium White. Some are made with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Chrimson and Pthalo Green, Prussian Blue and Cad Red Medium.

All 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas, paper or board.

Pear value study

ink bottle value study 1

ink bottle value study 2

Pear and Plum value study


6 thoughts on “Value Studies”

  1. Hi Bill. I like these value studies. I had my class do a b&w value chart and simple value study for the first time this year and I think that they got a lot out of it.


  2. Very beautiful and rich. I love Alizarin/Phthalo for a lovely transparent black, but for plein air, Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna make a really nice warm black that’s easy to push toward warm or cool. I’ll have to try that Prussian/Cad Red combo! All of these are beautifully done, Bill.


  3. Frank. These were fun and quick to do and I think they were very helpful as well. I’ve been enjoying your posts about your recent workshop. Maybe I’ll get down to one sometime.

    Kathy, thanks for visiting. It was interesting playing with different ways to make grey and also still be able to push warm and cool. I’ll have to try Prussian / Brnt Sienna. I was looking at Stephen Quiller’s color wheel as I worked and trying to mix the most neutral greys. Some of his combinations didn’t seem to give me the most neutral grey, though. I think that’s how I ended up with Prussian/Cad Red.


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