This was part 1 of a 3-part tonal painting exercise – the “Winter” part of Four Seasons. The point of this exercise is to practice “negative” shape-making and to better understand tonal design. It can be done over and over, using different colours, different mediums. These are some very essential painting skills that can be improved by repeating this fairly simple exercise. Even though it’s just an exercise, often the results can be quite interesting. I have added a 4 part explanation and demo which takes the abstract into a still-life. You are not painting “things” – You are painting “shapes”. Internalizing and understanding this will profoundly improve your painting! (No kidding!) (Really- not just Pixie-dust!).