Before the poppies have vanished for this spring, I wanted to do a more careful value study of one blossom.  The wind has been tossing the blossoms around too much for me to be able to do the study en plein air.  I decided to work from a photograph…. grrrrrr. I find photographs uninspiring yet extremely helpful for specific information, other than color.

Turning both photographs and paintings into grayscale is useful for seeing both the color values and the overall shapes and patterns of the composition.