Charting my oil colors

I recently added several new colors to my oil palette, and to get familiar with them and how they fit in with my other colors I did a few fun and enlightening exercises. First I charted my colors using a tip by Dianne MizeĀ (shown below), and once I had all of those colors out on my palette I dabbed them onto a rudimentary color wheel based on their relative hue, value, and intensity. This wheel is roughly based on a Gamblin video on navigating color space that I found useful. My chart isn’t a scientific mapping of the colors, but…

Sketch practice #74

Tis the season! We received a box of wrapped presents from Matt’s parents and this little gift with translucent ribbon caught my eye to sketch. I liked the combination of the box’s hard, straight lines with the softer characteristics of the ribbon. This morning Matt helped me out with my new easel by constructing a spacer to clip onto the lower shelf that a drawing board or canvas rests on. I had noticed yesterday that when the position is quite vertical, I can’t raise the lower shelf high enough to comfortably sketch standing up. This should be a big help…