Session Two will be here on:
Monday 18th October
6PM UK time (1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific, check your time zone here)
What we’ll be doing
When we approach colour from a munsell point of view, we can approach each aspect of colour separately, enabling us to avoid most of the basic colour mistakes most people make right at the start of a painting.
Although eventually, you will want to get to a stage where you can judge value well without using the value numbers, the shortest route to getting to that point is practising getting the values right. When you experience putting down the right values with reference to a value scale, you begin to feel what it’s like to get the values right. And the more you do that, the more your brain becomes accustomed to how values look when they’re good.
Instead of practising getting them worng (and so getting gradually better at managing with values that are out) the point of today’s session is to help you experience getting value right.
And even better, these values stay the same when we go on to the colour studies, so we add hue and chroma to these values in the next stage.
In this session, I’ll take you step by step through the creation of a simplified value balance study that will provide the anchor we need to keep our colours from drifting too much when we come to the colour studies and then the full painting.
We’ll also be beginning to look at edge handling in this session.
What you’ll need
One 10 x 8 ich amperand gessobord panel
Linseed oil (cold pressed or refined) and a solvent (turps, gamsol or similar)
- Titanium white
- Ivory black
- Raw Umber
Mostly medium hogs will be fine, since we’ll be working in very simplified blocks. If you prefer synthetics and flats, that’s fine too. Whatewver you’re most comfortable with will probably be best for you. Sizes: a range of 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch will be fine.
Please have a basic, three step value scale mixed and ready before the session. Be sure to match the values as closely as you can to the Munsell value scale. This is crucial! Here’s a video on mixing this scale:
Click here to watch the video (log in to main course site required)
Photo one (black and white version with a value scale)
Photo Two (black and white version with the value numbers superimposed)
Both these photos will print out at 10 x 8 inches if you select “print actual size” or “100%” or whatever that setting is calle don your printer. That will be fine for drawing out, but I’d suggest working from a screen for the values, since printouts tend to narrow the value range quite a bit.
See you soon!