Yet another way to simplify
|Casa Cutural, Oaxaca
Try this exercise from life if the weather stays fine:
Reduce your scene (or photo, if you end up indoors) to three values. Work in monochrome, with a color that can get dark enough to represent black.
Starting with a middle value, paint everything except the very light shapes, which will stay white. You may have to round areas up or down and commit to calling them either white or middle.
Next, paint all the strong darks black.
That’s all. Take note of where you want more subtlety (something between white and middle, for example).
Now expand your palette and paint a picture, using what the study taught you.
|Palacia de Carne, Oaxaca