I went to the farmer's market yesterday in Bloomington. I enjoyed walking around and looking at all the booths and snapping a few pictures. I don't know about you, but I use my computer picture program ( I have MGI photosuite4) to break down the pictures to see if they might make a good painting.
Below I will show some steps I take.
Next I take the values down to 8, 5, 3 and 2 using the poster setting on the program. I try to think about what Carol Marine says about value. Good paintings have a majority of one value, and a good amount of another value and just a smidge of a third value. (paraphrasing). Values as in dark, medium and light. It this case, medium values are the majority and lights are the smidgen value. In poster 2, only light and dark, I look to see if the darks and lights make interesting shapes. I may look for ways to alter them to make the darks or lights connect with themselves. Or to simplify things if it is too busy.
I'm sure experienced painters can do all of this in their heads and don't need to take all of these steps. And I don't always do this. But it is sometimes helpful with a more complicated composition.
I like this and think I will go with it. Now, on to the next stage. Drawing.
Have a great week!