It is something I have been thinking about doing for years, even started a half hearted approach a few years ago, taking short cuts- like not doing all the colors, or the values (and of course that just short changed my learning). So I decided to commit to "do the work" the way is it was designed to be done.
It took about a week of painting time focusing on this (and you can do it in your own timeframe or spread it out over time it that works best for you). I have now completed the initial 12 charts plus a couple of others that I thought might be interesting or useful for the type of subjects I paint which are typically landscapes, florals and gardens (lots of greens).
I learned a lot by doing the study and have shared each chart and my observations along the way as well as tips on how to get started doing the charts, materials etc... on blog posts throughout this month. You can use any of this as a reference or maybe even inspiration for yourself by checking the listings in my Archives for the month of July 2011. Everything related to this project is is concentrated in the posts during the month of July.
Beyond the value of the experience of doing the charts and learning along the way, I now have a wonderful "color bible" that I made for myself and am now using as a reference for paintings in my studio.
I have posted a short video clip on YouTube which shows how to make the charts, as sometimes seeing and hearing about it sinks in more than just reading about it.
If you'd like to see that video go to Pat Fiorello Oil Painting Color Charts.
Thanks for allowing me to share this project with you. I hope you are inspired to take on a project of your own. What could you focus on to challenge yourself or take your art to the next level?
I was at a music event last night and saw a young man with this quote on his t-shirt and thought it was pretty fitting for artists too:
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
So go paint, paint, paint.. and have fun along the way!