"Springtime", pastel, 9x12"©KimWerfel
This work is done on Art Spectrum paper toned a warm terracotta color. Based on a photo that I took last year about this time below:
I played around with different compositions and originally had a lighter value on the grass, but decided to tone it down just a touch as I think it distracted from the tree trunk. I also made the leaves into a path to lead your eye into the picture. Believe it or not the bottom third caused me more trouble than the bright pink flowers, which I thought would be the problem. You never know!
Here you can see from photoshop elements that the grass is quite light to the left, but I also narrowed down the values and the computer exaggerates them. Still, I find this a helpful tool. I also do charcoal and/or value marker value drawings to move things around and see how they look.
Will talk about this one in Thursday morning's "Continuing Pastel Class".