For the last week, all I've been doing is studying. Sitting in front of newsprint or less desirable pastel paper, picking up my pastel sticks and solving problems. How to draw glass, how to create transparency, where and how to place my darks to create light, how to turn distortion into meaning or vice versa. Most likely the story of my life.

Yesterday, I took the time to sort and resort my pastels according to value, really trying to see the differences in shades and tints. And then choosing a very limited palette: two or three light, medium and dark values. And then deciding what to draw, using only those colors I had chosen. The final thing I did last night was draw this picture. 

What do you see? Please leave a comment or two about your interpretation of this piece. 

Value Study 1