This is the 'value check' for my first painting of 2013, "Arboretum Winter Color," pastel on paper, 24 x 24 inches. I'm pleased with the values that portray a winter afternoon in the Pacific Northwest - mostly mid and dark values with just a touch of light on the white-barked trees. I will hang it on my Studio wall and look at it for a few days to see if it needs any color or detail adjustments before signing it and calling it done.
For a value check on your painting, photograph it and switch the mode to grayscale in your computer with Photoshop Elements or the photo editing application you use. Remember, 'Value does the work, color gets the glory.' (quote from Richard McKinley)
Barbara lives in Washington State, USA. She is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Pastel Society of America. Barbara was recently honored as a Master Circle Member in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is a juried member of Women Painters of Washington since 1998, Charter Member, Signature Member and past President of the Colored Pencil Society of America.