Today, working with only a value sketch (2” x 3”) and not doing any drawing on the paper, I painted negative shapes and shadow shapes (good ole “light and shadow” again!) and left the whites. I have to admit that there was some hesitance to do this . . .in fact, “fear” might be a better word. And I struggled. The shapes are a little rough in places, but that is why I did it without a drawing; to get shapes I could never deliberately make (my corrective instinct is too strong!)
In the end, the whole thing comes to life with the addition of simple line work (calligraphy).