My favorite thing in painting is working with values. I studied values for about a year on what they can do throughout a painting. In fact before I started my painting career, I would visit museums and thought to myself, what is it that attracts me to certain paintings. I finally figured out that it was the intense study and configuration of values that went into a painting that pleased my eye. I don't use any chart, I go by what feels right when applying the paint. With this painting I started out with a lighter background, didn't feel right at all, so I darkened the value and it all came together. This painting was on my to do list.