|Oil on Canvas Board and Set Up|
The workshop was two weeks long during which time Graydon walked us through setting up the still life which he set up as a work of art in itself. He showed us how to determine the colors of the fabric and how the light affects the hue, value and chroma. He had us paint half a sphere and cube with the local color to better understand what we were seeing. We then mixed the color strings we needed by matching the munsell chips to what we observed on the fabric. Below is a photo of my palette with all of my paints mixed up.
|Palette Before Painting Session|
While this sounds a little confusing and time consuming, it is actually quite simiple and quick once you get the hang of it and the best part is that all the work is done prior to starting the painting so once I paint, I only need to think about painting and do not have to shift between painting and mixing as much. I still mix while I paint, but the shifts are so slight that it feels more like part of the painting process than actual mixing. Below is a photo of my palette after the painting session.
|Palette After Painting Session|
Now, using Munsell, I can easily match up the mixtures exactly and just carry on with fresh paint during the next session. If I am going to be painting the next day or within about a week, I can freeze my paints until the next session but they do get a little stiff. I am trying also putting a q-tip with clove oil in as well to see if that helps. Below is a photo of my palette after being in the freezer overnight.
Graydon then walked us through the entire process from the drawing to the finish all the while teaching us to think and see the full effect rather than just the object that was in front of us. There were a couple of students working at the first and second level and Graydon had them working on other projects such as painting cubes like the ones below.
|Tanya Bone Painting Cubes|
|Painting of Cubes|
I have learned so much and can't wait to apply everything over the next few months. I will also be teaching an oil painting class starting in September and while we will not be using Munsell per se, we will definitely be applying much of what I have learned.
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