It is important to think of value first while you are painting. Doing so will help you to be able to create a believable sense of light in your paintings right from the start. One of the best ways you can achieve this, is by thinking in terms of color spots.
The painting demonstration in the video below, will show you how to start a painting with three color spot values. That represent a strong intersection of light, medium and dark values in the painting subject. You will then see how to continue working your way through the painting (from these foundational color values) so to truly achieve a realistic sense of light!
Hit the play button directly below, to see how to start your painting with 3 color values!
If you want to go further with the subject from the painting demonstration in the video guide above. You can follow along with the full sunflower painting tutorial, here.
Love to hear from you about your success or struggles with creating a realistic sense of light in your paintings in the comments below!