Last week a bit the bullet and decided to introduce Munsell to my more advanced students. I avoided the quasi scientific stuff relating to the relationship between tone, hue and chroma and concentrated solely on using the ten part Munsell colour wheel as a way of creating dynamic paintings. I gave a presentation demonstrating how, having chosen a dominant colour for the painting, the artist then added the Munsell complementary colour supported by two discord colours. I explained how the complement was often used at the focal point with the discords usually, but not always, in the same area.
My students then began work on producing a painting based on the principles I had outlined and I look forward to seeing the results.
In the meantime I thought I should practice what I preach so here is a small study that incorporate the principles I outlined:
"Avocado" 8" x 6" Acrylic on paper
I'll post some of my students paintings based on the Munsell wheel in due course.