Paul Klee paintings are great for value study

Dream City, Paul Klee, 1921, watercolor and oil, approx. 19 x 12"

One reason I really adore Paul Klee’s work is for his use of value transitions within a painting. A bit of cubist influence is showing here with each color separated into a distinct shape rather than continuous tone changes within one shape. His limited color palette here is subtle and lovely to me. If you know my own work with cityscapes you can see why I relate to this piece!

Cabo, detail, pastel by KG Taylor

Here is a piece I’m working with recently.  It’s one that has the “tapestry” effect, which I’ve come to call it. A “tapestry” painting has sections of color which could translate to one nearly flat color. This piece could become a quilt, a rug or a tapestry for that reason. It’s passing my personal test of interesting value range.

Heart of the City detail in grayscale only, KGT

Here’s a detail of one of my recent paintings showing only black/white values. Does it pass a test of broad value range?

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2 Responses to “Paul Klee paintings are great for value study”

  1. Dawn Hartigan Says:

    I really like the way you have analyzed Klee’s work and then adapted the idea of values to your painting. It would make a great challenge for a group of painters or art lesson. Another way I’ve seen this expressed is to look at dominance- secondary and an accent values . In your Heart of the City dark is your dominant value, midtones are your secondary value and highlights are used as an accent. This makes for a dramatic painting.

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