So my last week of traveling got cancelled since I finally caught the dreaded Covid. It took me 3.5 years so that is another thing I can mark off my bucket list! Luckily, with the last variant, it amounted to little more than a cold. It did disrupt my sleeping and eating though which seems to me so strange.So between those two things, I'm a bit of a mess. It's also kept me out of the studio for two weeks which is a bummer. Because of that...I am re-running a post I did on value. The reason I chose value is that I think it's the most important element in designing your own work. No matter if you're a quilter who does your own original work or one that chooses fabric for someone else's pattern, value is an important skill.
So here is the post I wrote 8 years ago.
Okay, I admit it, I've been lazy and it's getting harder and harder to get into my studio. I could blame a lot of things - domestic tasks. working full time, getting Tessa back into the routine of her senior year. But honestly, I think it's me.
Sometimes after a big project, it's hard to get back into the swing of things. So I thought I would take it easy this time.
That said, with the mood I'm in, I didn't want to over-exert myself looking for something new. I know I want to play around with simple shapes and keep working on my abstract. . . but after that it is kinda of up in the air. Luckily, I keep a pinterest board of inspiration. Even when I'm lazy, I still manage to keep adding to my boards.
This time it led me to some modern architectural pictures which I found very cool. Using them as the foundation of inspiration, I wanted to abstract them out without a lot of fuss. Now I could go through tracing them and then doing value drawings by hand. Why expend all that energy?
Instead, I used an online site - LunaPic - to help me manipulate the images. I could use my photoshop but I always find it a little bulky. This online source was easy and very intuitive to use. For my purposes today I just grayed out the picture (took the saturation of color down to 0) and pixelated them. Instant abstract value study!!! Easy-Peasy!!!