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Old 02-06-2019, 07:18 AM
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Munsell color system

For the last couple of days I have been amazed watching videos about the use of the Munsell book of Color championed by the UK artist Paul Foxton. Until then I thought that Still life artists were more focused on composition, concepts and values, instead of chroma, hue, and values. What he broadcasts makes a lot of sense, but he is very obsessed with the use of this system. I have purchased many videos in the last few months about still life and none of the artists mentioned the Munsell color system. I am trying to learn more about painting still life using oil.
Would someone make comments about it? Here is one of his videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5-fJaZUfhc&authuser=0
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:25 AM
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Re: Munsell color system

His way of approaching the use of color in painting makes perfect sense to me. very common concepts utilized broadly. Other artist / teachers might present these concepts differently, but not new concepts. From a teaching perspective I think his methods of instruction provide the learner with the classic “show, practice, and reinforce” lessons that ensure learning. I see it worthwhile.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:18 PM
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Re: Munsell color system

Agree with you Boogiechile. Watching Paul's video is making a lot easy for me to paint especially the shadows without creating mud or applying the wrong hues! For instance, if I am going to paint an orange, I will apply the this method and use the yellow hue but with lower chroma and darker value for the shadows. Bingo! The only change would be the reflected light from the surface of the resting table or floor.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:11 PM
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Re: Munsell color system

I’m not familiar with his techniques and only first saw the video through the link you posted. I studied painting in college where I learned and practiced similar. However, I hope that he also covers the importance of mixing together complementary hues (colors) for both low, (dark)values as well as high (light) values. I’ve read some artists referring them to Val-Hues.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:14 AM
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Re: Munsell color system

I will try to learn and use this technique and see what happens.
One thing I have noticed: watching, reading or learning from other artists no one has ever mentioned this technique until I run into Paul Foxton. What he states makes sense to me, however, to other this technique may be too cumbersome and non very practical.
This weekend I will try to practice the Munsell way to mix colors.
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I had a workshop last October in 2017 with Robert Burridge, acrylic artist from California who is widely known. He uses the Munsell but has renamed it and/or adapted it to his needs and he has youtube videos and a nice website that might give you more material to review. I quite like the system but takes some getting used to for sure.
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Thank you Kay!
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