I’m taking a class from Kami Polzin, and she is pushing us right back to fundamentals. She wants to make sure we know them, and we’re not “cheating” or “guessing”. She had us paint a simple study of a white box against a black background with strong shadows. We looked for blocks of value (tone) and simplified. We used a palette knife so that mixing remained pure. It does produce crisp values.
Our homework was to go home and do the same thing with paper towels. Funny, Leanne is not excited about me framing this for the wall.