Gears!

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Oil on gessoboard.

I painted these bike gears for the Exposure Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It was a great painting exercise for me this week.  I learned a lot from painting this, and was reminded of the importance of value studies!  Related to this, my painting teacher just reminded me yesterday to keep working on getting good contrast in my paintings by focusing on my values, getting the darks and lights right.  So, my plan is to follow his advice and work on a series of small, everyday objects in order to really study the values and transitions from dark to light.

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