3067: Neutral Scale

I have plans and then the more I learn the more I change my plans.

So I started this morning by checking to see if my paints are dry my palette again. And they’re doing really well, very wet still.

Next I began mixing some of the lighter colors that I see on the paper cross painting. I want to get three values mixed up. First would be the lightest value, then the half tone, then the shadow value as the paper turns away from the light.

The problem that I ran into was how do I neutralize my lightest value. Do I use a neutral gray or do I use a complementary color. After some research and reading I found that you can neutralize colors either way but if you use complementary colors you can shift the hue a bit more than you want.

So the next thing I’m going to do is mix up a Munsell neutral scale.

I recently purchased the Munsell book printed by Paul Centore for $90 and I’ll be matching the neutral colors in this book. I think I will also purchase the neutral colors that Williamsburg makes as those are matched to Munsell.

So I didn’t actually put brush to canvas today but I did work hard on translating color and value from what I see to paint.

Neutral Chips


I used graphite for my warmup today and it was much more challenging than charcoal because the graphite slides across the paper with minimal friction. It’s very slick! That makes it harder to keep the lines straight or where I want them. I believe I’m going to use graphite from now on to challenge myself to improve my warmup more.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Doing the best I can, hummingbird style!

What needs work? What did you learn?

Get the best PM bookend I can. I’m going to need it for tomorrow.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Shut down on time and cool my brain well before bed.

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