A couple of years ago I had the privilege of attending a workshop taught by Tony Van Hasselt. It was a wonderful learning experience because he is a talented teacher. One of his maxims that we heard repeatedly was, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” as he stressed the importance of taking a few minutes to do a value study before starting to paint.  These value studies shouldn’t take a lot of time and don’t have to be big, just a simplification of the shapes and relative values for planning purposes.

The lesson for my students this week was on painting a still life containing a piece of glassware. In preparation I painted a simple set up with a wine glass and some grapes.  Here is the value study:

Value Study for glassware, pencil, 4.25" x 3"

Value Study for glassware, pencil, 4.25″ x 3″

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Press is to show a scene from two views, one in a horizontal format and the other vertical.  So, I’m going to paint my set-up again.  Which horizontal format  do you prefer?  Why did you choose that one?

You can see this week’s other examples of pencil drawings at the Zeebra Blog!