“Keying” a Value Structure

Learning to “key” your values enables you to portray very specific lighting scenarios in the landscape. By setting up your initial value structure as high-key, low-key or middle-key, you can skew your value range to one end of the value scale or the other, or evenly disperse it throughout the value scale, depending on the desired lighting scenario. It’s an important skill that puts you in control of the light in your landscape.



This lesson will cover specifics of how to key a value structure for high-key, low-key and middle-key paintings, and will show and explain in an oil demo how to do this for a high-key painting.

This lesson is provided as a downloadable PDF with a lesson written by Barbara Jaenicke.


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