Saturday, February 07, 2009

Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)

Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)

"Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.)"
6.75" x 9.5" (17 x 24 cm)
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
(sketchbook painting)
© 2009 Steve Penberthy

I found some great 19th-century photos on the Library of Congress Flickr photostream; these old photos have strong contrasts and really distinct values, so I used the photo of Ollie James and T.S. Ray (KY.) as a reference in order to practice getting more value into my paintings. The darks are actually a little bit darker than what shows up in the scan above.

Here's a link to the original photo: