Quick post today because I'm anxious to get to my pencils. Last night after reading Katherine's post about notan I decided to do quick value studies of some O'Keeffe's work. Above are some of the sketches. It was an interesting exercise. I found that the value studies that had patterns that I liked were the works that I liked and also the ones I found boring corresponded to works I didn't particularly like. Of course, I knew this before, but it is still interesting to see it for "real."
Two further points of interest:
- the value sketches for a group of apples and a mountain range were very similar - and my initial reaction to the apple painting was that the apples just seemed so large - not like in the flower works where you see the beauty of the structure of the flower - the apples just seemed exaggerated.
- many of the patterns are far more complicated than anything I've considered for myself. As well, I was really able to see the detail she took in selecting edges in her crops.