Bed Clothes

Bed Clothes

This was a study I did to help me get better at working with value in paint. I tried to figure out what would be the best thing to paint to force me into translating what I saw into the different values between black and white and decided that a simple sheet would be the way to go. There was nothing distracting about it and I knew I wouldn’t get too protective of it. Let me explain that a little, sometimes when I am painting something that is important to me, I get to a point where I am not really happy with it. At the same time, I am also too afraid to make any major changes. With a simple sheet, that wasn’t a concern because why would I really care if I messed it up? Also, there was no color to worry about so I could concentrate completely on figuring out what value should go where. That being said, it was also one of the most difficult subject matters I had ever attempted. The reason was because it was very easy for my eye to get lost in the folds since the areas were really very similar. I solved this problem by taking a photo of the sheet and gridding it out and then matching the grid on my canvas. This allowed me to concentrate on a single grid field at a time and made the whole thing less intimidating. I believe that this painting, more than any other, helped me understand how to translate what I saw from three dimensions into two. The funny thing is, even though I set out to make a painting that I had no attachment to, I wound up with something that turned out to be a pretty damn good painting.