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Monday, January 23, 2012

Color Charting - How & Why

Color Charting Pack 

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Record color swatches used in each painting along with info on medium, brand, color name, and tints (lightened with white). You can then work back into the painting and see instantly how you made each mixed color.
Plein air painters make the chart while painting to capture color mixes better than a camera.
After a painting sells, keep the actual Color Charting in your file along with a digital image of the finished work. This serves as reference to color correct any future digital reproduction of your work.
Color Charting Pack comes with hanging tabs to display charts in your studio.
Made from Multimedia Artboard in conjunction with Hylla Evans. Multimedia Artboard is the brightest white surface made and may be used with any art medium. It is immediately absorbent and fusing is NOT needed for encaustic paint applications.
10 sheets, each sheet 4" x 10" with tabs to hang each sheet on the wall
The chart above shows four oil paint colors and two of the possible mixes, with tints.  I've recorded brand and color name.  This was prepared in advance of a plein air painting trip as part of an experiment with a very limited palette.
Once on location with the above four colors and white, I made mixes of colors visible at varying times of day.  Obviously the morning was overcast, noon had intense colors, late afternoon colors had faded as the sun dropped behind the western hills.  These nuances could not have been captured by a camera.  One good pencil sketch and these color notes provide  information for several studio paintings.
Artists have been emailing me snapshots of their own use of Color Charting Packs.  Send me yours!

1 comment:

  1. Hylla- I found that I started doing the same process with my encaustics when I began working with this medium and use rag museum board scraps to test color mixtures and levels of transparency. I find this procedure invaluable.