I just got back from a lecture on color by Graydon Parrish. He’s one of the great modern American realists (here are a couple of links, plus a bad, and unwarranted, review of his latest painting by the New York Times).
I’m still digesting what Graydon had to say; more about it later. Graydon is a great proponent of the Munsell color system. If I didn’t already have a decent understanding of Munsell color terminology, I would have gotten much less out of the lecture. He lives and breathes it, even to the point of using color chips from the Munsell set to directly determine colors on a model or object as the starting point for his color mixes. Of the 1600 color chips in the Munsell set, Graydon says that he’s mixed and tubed about 800. Yes, he’s that hard core.
I also got to meet a number of people whom I had previously interacted with only online, including Jeff Freedner (who sometimes comments here as Painterdog) and Rob Howard, the moderator of the Cennini Forum and the public face of Studio Products.
I had a great time. Much to think about.