I really would not have believed it. I am painting white roses and checking my work against a greyscale. The darks on the white roses are seriously dark. I am pretty good at capturing tone and colour variance - but this handy little scale humbled me. I mean, I thought I knew what I was doing. And then I remembered I had this little scale and decided to look at my painting “Yesterdays Blooms” and do some spot checks. After all these are white roses. I mean aren’t they supposed to be light?
My goal is never to achieve photo realism - I prefer to think of my style as “painterly realism”. Having said that, I focus on creating dimension and depth. And in order to create depth you need to understand your deeper tones … and also your lighter tones.
The light shade:
And the deeper tones: