I photographed some fantastic hibiscus flowers outside my office building last summer. The red was so bold I could not resist! I enjoyed painting this after the sunshine we had today and before the alleged icy rain arrives tonight. Is it spring yet???
I am very pleased with the values in the painting. Value is the use of light and dark that gives depth and dimension to a piece. One way I examine the values is to convert the scanned painting to black and white.
Next time you see an object in your kitchen or under any light, notice the lightest/whitest spot where the light shines on the object. Follow the gradual darkness on the object's surface toward the shadow cast on the kitchen counter. Congratulations! You just did a value study! Such an artful eye you have. :-)
Watercolor on 140lb cold pressed paper