How to know exactly what color you see!
Painting is a tricky pursuit. We need to get everything as right as we can. The right brushes, brands of paint, mediums, canvas or panel, it feels like an endless challenge. When something goes wrong it can be hard to figure out what caused the problem. But those issues, though critical, pale in comparison to mixing color well. It's controversial, with so many university professors trying to get artists to believe that deskilling oneself is necessary to free up your creativity. I'm calling bull on that. It's baseless, a way for them to feel better about not being able to paint well. The ability to mix the color we desire, no matter what style we paint in, is the most important skill of the many we need. And yes, I am aware I am calling out the entire formal art education system. Deal with it.
3 Steps to Perfect Values in Painting
When I decided to start teaching my methodology — after some concerted arm twisting — I had to get okay with revealing everything I do. Not sure about you, but I really dislike it when experts reveal most of their approach but leave one or two critical steps out. I assume that collectors walk into galleries looking for reasons not to buy the paintings they see. Bad values are the number one reason paintings stay one the wall. Poorly realized values contribute to flat-looking objects that are unconvincing. Want to know why? Because of the three dimensions — height, width and depth — it is depth which contributes the most to the illusion of objects in space. 3 Steps for Perfect Values is the one secret I don't want to reveal, honestly. It's a game-changer. It lets me convert any reference photo into as many values as I need. It only takes a few minutes to do and provides an accurate value map which helps me see exactly how the forms I want to paint turn in space. If you don't want to spend years learning to see value changes in the wild, this course is for you.
The Digital Munsell Book of Color, with complete charts. For Paul Foxton students only.
Do you prefer a dentist or surgeon who is highly skilled? Of course. What about cooks? Are the unskilled ones somehow more creative, better suited to make wonderful food? We’ve all sat through the painful proof that this is not true. If you want to learn how to mix any color, any time — if you want to be an official Munsell badass — the Digital Munsell set is the key.