This is a very short chapter but it is deceiving. It is just like learning chess - the rules are simple but the game takes a lifetime to learn. Values seem so simple it is just dark and light but training your eye to see them is not as easy as it seems.
It is simplified to 3 values - obviously dark, medium and light. Highlights are not included in the value scheme. Each painting should have the values divided into "dominant, secondary and smidge amounts". Sounds easy doesn't it, well its not. I tried a couple of paintings that, well excuse the expression, sucked.
This one isn't bad but it still doesn't obey her rules. Mid tones are dominant, light is secondary in theory and black is a smidge. In reality it seem to me that white and black amounts are equal. The background was toned and is peaking out.
I tried a painting with black dominant and I couldn't get it to work.
At least I am painting in acrylic and can easily cover the work and try again. And in the imortal words of Scarlet O'hara, "I'll think about it tomorrow".