still life | Bargue Studies

Drawing Bargue

I was challenged by on of my co-artists. That’s all it took to get me back to searching and learning. She suggested that my paintings may be improved by looking into some classical drawing classes. She said she had worked on doing many of the illustrations from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Being self-taught and…

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

My 5G Chart

Today was mostly spent visiting my rehab specialist to check out my knee which has begun to give me bits of non-cooperation. He suggested that I would likely be a candidate for knee replacement. Oh, no! He also indicated that taking care of it sooner rather than later is likely a really good idea. Since…

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

My 5YG chart

As you can see these greens are very muted and already feel more real. I picked a few leaves from a rhododendron. The lowest value/chroma greens match very nicely. I suspect I’ll use greens from this chart routinely on floral and landscape paintings.

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

My 5Y chart

My 5Y chart I feel like I’m making some progress with these charts. This 5Y chart seems to have caused me quite a bit less grief. I began today with making quantities of the Munsell neutral grays. I had gotten six containers to keep the paint piles in once they were mixed. I’ll see over…

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

My 5RY(orange) chart

My 5RY This one went more smoothly. I tried to get close to the highest chroma for each value. Then I reduced the chroma by using Munsell neutrals. When that didn’t appear to work well for the lowest values, I added a bit of burnt sienna or burnt umber. It’s not perfect, but I’ll keep…

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

Building my color wheel

I started looking at the color bias wheel for my own tube paints. I have Cad Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Red Light. Instead of Rose Red I used Alizarine Crimson Hue. From then I did lots of mixing and built this wheel. My Color Wheel Amazingly it seems to give me…

Paul Foxton - Munsell color

Pre-Munsell Color Work

Color Bias – Warm/Cool I learned that every color has a particular bias (warm/cool) and therefore leans one direction around the color wheel or another.  A blue will either be a blue which leans toward violet, such as Ultramarine Blue, or it will lean toward green, such as Cerulean. The same is true with red. A…

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