Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Munsell Color Wheel

My version of the High Chroma
Munsell Color Wheel.

Munsell Maps in the Studio

Here is my Munsell A Frame.
Made with pegboard - perfect
fit for the syringe tips to fit into.
They are all organized according to
the Munsell BigBook. Each has tape
the end with it's correct notation.
This is on wheels so it's easy to bring
close to the easel and push out of the way
when not needed.

Thought I'd better show the
palette in use. This was for part of
Arizona Oranges (wish now I could
change the background color on that one!)

Munsell A Frame from the end.
Great space for storage!

Entering my studio - you can
see the syringes peeking out
from behind the door.

This is my Munsell Palette.
Drawn on grey card stock and
placed under glass. Neutrals are
along the far left/right sides: N/9-1
Across the top are hue notations and
below each is space for at least 3 chroma
notations. Area in the middle is used for
mixing, medium dish, etc. It was the only
way I could figure out how to stay organized
and know what colors I was using.

No more paintings for awhile, instead, here are some of my 'munsell maps' that I've designed to help me better organize and utilize the Munsell Color Space in my studio. Even though I've spent a year studying, mixing, tubing paint and getting the general principles, there is so much to learn and understand.

Recent Work

12 x 16 oil on panel (sold)

Cherries & Pear
13 x 15 oil on panel  (sold)
I just delivered these two to Abend Gallery in Denver, CO.

Gosh, I have so much to learn! Seeing all these images here makes me want to make changes on each one. It's not that I'm picky, it's that I know that I know that I'm missing something that has to do with values, but I don't know exactly how to get to it. Just working harder isn't alway the answer - there is a painting principle that's missing and must be realized before work can truely improve.

A Couple More...

The Tarnished Ladle
30 x 24 oil on canvas

Arizona Oranges
28 x 12 oil on linen panel

Vermeer's Table
17 x 15 oil on linen panel (commission)

Canterbury Bells
6 x 6 oil on linen panel (sold)

Orange Blossoms II
6 x 9 oil on copper (sold)

Orange Blossoms I
5 x 7 oil on copper (sold)

10 x 8 oil on panel (sold)

Just so this place doesn't look so empty when I come here, I'm posting some work from earlier this year.

I hope to use this space as a self- teaching tool into my troubling journey with values. Sometimes I get it, most times I don't! First time I posted these, the photos were way too big, but lost the nice comment from Jeff! You were right, Jeff, much too big and I can't figure out how to delete a photo without deleting the whole post, comments and all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Not sure I have time to do this ... to be continued~