I hope you are having fine weather wherever you are. Here in the Northwest we are having…you guessed it — Rain. But it’s actually rather pleasant as we had previously had a very nice stretch of beautiful sunny weather. And as we who live here know, when the sun is out in the Pacific Northwest there are not many other places on earth that can rival the crisp, clean, sapphire and emerald brilliance. Makes all the rain worth it…almost.
Speaking of sun (light) and brilliance (chroma) I want to introduce to you what I consider an absolutely indispensable source of color knowledge for the realist painter: HueValueChroma.com. All of you who have asked me about color really need to visit this site and get this information into your artistic thought processes. It’s going to be a little rough going for some who shy away from technical language. It’s also going to challenge some of the conventional color “wisdom” that has been taught in art schools for years. I personally find the information fascinating and VERY USEFUL.
This site is not going to give you recipes for perfect skin tones or how to paint silver, but it will give you a grasp of light and it’s relationship to how we see color. It will give you a vocabulary and some key knowledge about what you are seeing in nature and how to apply it to painting. So check it out. If it seems a little hard to grasp at first, stay with it and give it a chance. Some of you are going to find this the very thing you have been looking for. Color was really an enigma for me until I was taught some similar information by a great mentor Douglas Flynt. Color is definitely still a challenge for me but it is not the elusive ghost it once was. It’s still up to me to continue my studies in color and experiment. Having the knowledge presented here puts my experiments into a context. I hope HueValueChroma will give you more control over your color choices as it has me.