I’ve never been good at painting figures. So here’s my first shot at using Charles Bargue’s methods. Plumb lines, blocking in then a series of straight lines morphing to curves. After lots of erasing I’m rather amazed.
So I started doing more from the beginning of the book.
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 not very familiar with the great art schools or the more recent atelier programs I’d never even heard of Bargue. But I did find the Cours de Dessin book of 130 Bargue illustrations.
Then I found YouTube videos from The Da Vinci Initiative where they are using Brague to teach art for K-12. Wow! I went back to elementary school!
I’m having oodles of fun and discovering new ways to think about my art.
It would never have occurred to me that art this complicated could actually be simple! Just straight lines and shadow shapes and voila!
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 I expected that would be the advice, I had already made an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon for tomorrow afternoon. Ugh!
So I spent the afternoon painting another Munsell chart. This time I worked on the 5G chart.
It’s basically done with Phthalo Green moderated with Cadmium Yellow deep and the neutrals to modulate chroma. It surprised me that the Phthalo seems to have worked best of all my tube colors. I thought it would only be good for the 5GB chart. I’ll learn more when I work on that chart in the morning.
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 going. Color mixing is still not easy but I think I’m getting better at bracketing this time.
Next week I’ll do more.
My second try at the 5R chart is somewhat better than yesterday’s. The higher values are quite a bit closer to the Munsell chips from the Student Book and I haven’t gone so over-board with the highest chroma.
At least I feel better about moving forward tomorrow.
Although I’m feeling quite insecure, I am willing to try doing this myself. Without picking up my own paints, mixing them, and learning how to make mixtures, I won’t really know anything about how to use Munsell.
I decided to start with the 5R chart.
The mixes here are as close to the chips as I am able to do at this point. Some look OK, many are too high chroma. I’m going to need to do a lot more mixing. Bracketing may help. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Munsell should be helping but first I’ll need to learn more about how to use my tube paints to duplicate the Munsell chips from the Student Book.
How to build my own Munsell Charts? First I sorted by tube colors by hue.
- 1 – Cadmium Red Medium – Artisan
- 2 – Cadmium Red Deep – Cobra
- 3 – Permanent Magenta – Cobra
- 4 – Alizarin Crimson – Artisan
- 5- Indian Red – Artisan
- 6 – Transparent Oxide Red – Cobra
- 7 – Burnt Umber – Artisan
- 8 – Permanent Orange – Cobra
- 9 – Cadmium Orange Hue – Cobra
- 10 – Burnt Sienna -Artisan
- 11 – Burnt Umber – Artisan
- 12 – Burnt Sienna – Cobra
- 13 – Cadmium Yellow Deep – Cobra
- 14 – Cadmium Yellow Light – Artisan
- 15 – Primary Yellow – Cobra
- 16 – Lemon Yellow – Artisan
- 17 – Naples Yellow – Artisan
- 18 – Yellow Ochre – Cobra
- 19 – Yellow Ochre – Artisan
- 20 – Raw Umber – Artisan
- 21 – Permanent Green Light + Cadmium Yellow Light
- 22 – Permanent Green Light + bit of Titanium White
- 23 – Permanent Green Light – Cobra
- 24 – PhthloGreen (Blue Shade) – Artisan
- 25 – Transparent Olive Green – Cobra
- 26 – Ultramarine Blue – Artisan
- 27 – Ultramarine – Cobra
- 28 – Primary Cyan – C0bra
- 29 – Cobalt Blue – Artisan
- 30 – Dioxazine Purple – Artisan
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.
Amazingly it seems to give me lots of information about some of my tube colors. I’m beginning to feeling more confident that I’ll be able to mix my own Munsell charts. Tomorrow I’ll start down that path…