I hope you're all having a grand start to the new year! We didn't go out due to not being able to get off the hill again and slightly pathetically fell asleep at 10pm! While i'm still unable to get rid of the gesso from my disaster-panel paper has kept me pretty well occupied - off the streets and out of trouble.
I don't have any resolutions for the new year but i've already planned more studying and more painting time.
And i've invested in 2 things with my christmas monies which people might be interested in. The first is the Student Munsell color study kit. Which is a comprehensive system of colour study which some painters use to precisely plan their paintings. There is the complete book which runs into several hundred pounds but the student kit is only £30 and it contains information on the basics of the munsell system. Essentially it splits every colour into 3 parts - Hue, Saturation (or chroma) and Value (or brightness) - Anyone who uses a graphics package will recognise this from the colour picker.
The other is an old book called Methods and Materials of the Great Schools and Masters by Sir Charles Eastlake. So far i've only skimmed through it but it was recommended to me as a good overview of the methods and practises of various art schools.
Alkyds and oils still leave me a cold when thinking of large pieces of work so any information on that topic is being devoured immediately ;)
Hope you guys all had a great time over the holidays and are also planning a creative year x