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Old 06-07-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
Lewis MacKenzie Lewis MacKenzie is offline
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Help with colour charts




Dear all. I've just started working on colour charts, using the method described by Clayton J. Beck III on his website. So far I've done two, ivory black and winsor green. I'm worried that the dominant colour in each column is too dominant, particularly in the winsor green chart. Can anyone who is familiar with this kind of chart advise me as to whether or not I'm doing this properly?

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Old 06-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Woops, I meant to put the colours in my original message. From left to right they are:

Winsor Lemon, Chrome Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Crimson Lake, Madder Rose Genuine, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Winsor Green, Phthalocyanine Blue, Ultramarine Deep.

The spaces are for colours that I am thinking of adding/switching for my existing colours. I don't use all the colours I have here, but I thought it best to chart most of what I had so that I could decide better what to use as permanent fixtures on my palette.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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I commend you for taking on such an exercise. This is a long, tedious project, but very instructive on colors and I'm glad for all the time I've spent on them, even though I'm not finished.

If you've read Richard Schmid's book, Alla Prima, he has a printed version of his color charts, which look to be exactly what you're trying to do. He says they are as color-accurate as he could possibly make them on the press and they have been indispensable for me as I've been working on making my own. I'd recommend purchasing his book.

To answer your question, at first glance, it does look like your dominant color is too dominant. Schmid's book will clear that up for you so you can see what Clayton J. Beck III was suggesting to do. I just moved to a new house and had a new baby, otherwise I'd offer to upload some photos of my handful of completed charts if you don't get a chance to order the book!
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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Hi Natalie, thanks for your response. I have put this project on the back burner for a while but plan to return to it in the next couple of months.
Thanks for book recommendation, I've been meaning to get a copy of Alla Prima for a while, but my opted to go for Harold Speed's two books for my last shopping spree. I'll probably order one at the end of the month.
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