- ALWAYS do a number of value studies, or Notans…either in just two values or three. Do a few different greyscale ones, and a few color ones, to feel out which one will make the best painting. It will be almost immediately evident. (I thought so anyways!)
- Translate a scene from your grayscale study to color. It helps immensely in reading the values.
- Avoid equal shapes, masses, and divisions. It makes things boring and repetitive.
- Start with your darkest darks and lightest lights. Once they’re established, it’s much easier to find the middle values.
- Borrow from everything around you to make a great painting. You don’t have to paint the exact scene. Remove elements, or add them, to make the best scene.
- Shadows in a landscape are cooler and lighter farther away from the source (under a tree) and warmer and darker towards the source, as they’re reflecting light from the source. The farther shadow reflects light from the sky.
These are only a few of the great things I learned. Peggi has invented a few very useful plein aire tools that they sell on their website.