handprint : updates
 

 

This page lists all documents that are new or have been significantly revised or rewritten. It does not track minor corrections, or minor additions such as new graphics.

 
2009

april

continuing "background" work on the site, with the goal of finishing sections on color vision and proceeding to painting technique pages (the brush, water, stages of a painting, painting the figure, color theory, etc.).

i have split the color pages into two categories, scientific color vision and artistic color theory.

new page modern color theory
revised & expanded learning color through paints
new section handprint color categories
new section synthesis of color vision
edited all color wheel, chromaticity and spectrum diagrams to a consistent "red on right" presentation
revised all paint descriptions in the guide to watercolor pigments to match handprint color categories
new page synthesis of color vision

 
2008

july

i'm returning to more regular postings of site updates, and more persistent work on revising and finishing important pages.

revised the secret of glowing color
revised & corrected colormaking attributes
new page learning color through paints

 
2007

november

MY APOLOGIES. i designed this site in 1997 and spent much time getting the web pages to look identical on mac os and windows (bill gates house o' pain) computers. since retirement in 2000 i became less vigilant. alas, innovation oozed on and the site display on windows machines has become quite ugly, which i only recognized by viewing the site recently on hotel business computers. committed to minimal browser technology, i have revamped the formatting of all pages to minimize font options, relativize font sizes, left justify text, and generally try to make the site look less gruesome on microsoft infected machines.

october

posted a review of Daniel Smith PrimaTek™ watercolors.

july

started a "painting a day" blog at macevoy.blogspot.com. new works appear there every few days. all works for sale are presented in recent works.

i completely revised the pages on linear perspective, palette paintings and color vision.

march

had a watercolor show of figure nudes and portraits at the graton gallery in graton, california.

 
2006

april

over the past year i have invested more time painting and traveling, while working on incremental upgrades to the site ... pages dated 08.01.2005 form a consistent "final draft" and comprise my latest thoughts ... sections still missing will be completed as time and inspiration allow, and i will post recent works as they accumulate ...
keep on painting!
— bruce

 
march

printer friendly (PDF) version of CIECAM ab plane
updated printer friendly (PDF) version of artist's color wheel

 
2005

march

revised additive & subtractive color mixing
revised do "primary" colors exist?
revised & enlarged format proportions

 
february

house guests and new york visit to see the gates

 
january

printer friendly (PDF) version of artist's color wheel
printer friendly (PDF) version of artist's value wheel
printer friendly (PDF) version of CIELAB a*b* plane

 
2004

december

new york trip and holiday celebrations

 
november

watercolor 2004 lightfastness tests
lightfastness test results (in guide to watercolor pigments)
new page an intuitive color study
revised basic mixing method
revised color wheels

 
october

revised preparing papers for painting
new section an intuitive color study

 
september

new page wet in wet (1)
new page advanced perspective techniques
new page shadows, reflections & atmosphere
revised the secret of glowing color

 
january - august

revised labeling and lightfastness
revised how to test watercolor paints
revised a basic palette
revised guide to watercolor brushes
revised how watercolor brushes are made
revised brush care & storage
new review Da Vinci brushes
new review rudolph arnheim
new review ernst gombrich
expanded color science & "color theory"
revised light and the eye
revised color psychology
revised color mixing theories
revised color wheels
revised mixing with a color wheel
revised color models & color wheels
revised tonal value
revised an artist's color theory
revised artist's value wheel
restructured the techniques section
revised color harmonies
revised watercolor mixing complements
new page paint wheels
new page shadows, reflections & atmosphere
new page preparing papers for painting
revised six stages of paper wetness
... and, my favorite, a spam busting public email address

 
2003

september-december

I am taking a break from working on this web site to pursue other challenges, including building a new studio. I'm leaving the content available as is, in hopes that you will find something useful. I won't be adding new content or fixing errors that remain.

Due to a hideous increase in spam email, I've removed all public email links from the site. These will reappear, with spam busting encoding, when I return to work on the site.

I'm very grateful to the many people who wrote to contribute to the work. I will be back.

keep on painting,
Bruce

08/16/03

 
august

revised perspective in the world
revised central perspective
revised color temperature

 
april-july

revised how to test watercolor paints
revised how watercolor paints are made
revised and expanded color harmonies
new review Robert Doak watercolors
corrected gouache & bodycolor

 
march

new section the "luminosity" myth
revised Goethe book review
revised light and the eye

 
february

updated and renamed guide to watercolor pigments
updated working with paints
revised color models & color wheels
revised watercolor drying shifts

 
january

new page recent works
revised paper manufacture

 
2002

october+november+december

pursued an intensive figure drawing campaign
created the CIELAB a*b* plane
rewrote elements of perspective
rewrote perspective in the world
rewrote central perspective
revised two point perspective

 
september

revised preparing papers for painting
revised paint wheels
revised synthetic inorganic pigments
revised synthetic organic pigments

 
june+july+august

on a long vacation

 
may

new book review philip ball
updated the retailer page
updated the palette paintings page
updated the lightfastness test page
new paint review Art Spectrum

 
april

new page emil nolde
new page egon schiele
new page paul klee
new page maurice prendergast
new page thomas eakins

 
march

new book review michael wilcox
new page buyer beware
new page format proportions
new page painting outdoors

 
february

expanded color psychology
new page painting in neutrals
new page three point perspective

 
january

new page elements of perspective
new page perspective in the world
new page central perspective
new page two point perspective
new page california scene painters

 
2001

december

revised the artist's color wheel
updated the guide to watercolor pigments
revised earth pigments tour
extensively revised an artist's color wheel
new page watercolor mixing complements
new page james mcneill whistler

 
november

holidays and landscaping

 
october

took a vacation

 
september

rewrote and expanded light and the eye
revised color wheels
revised colormaking attributes
rewrote color psychology
revised an artist's color theory
new page the secrets of glowing color
new page trevor chamberlain
new page updates
revised art retailers

 
august

revised intro page
revised guide to watercolor pigments
revised and expanded watercolor brands
revised how to test watercolor paints
expanded labeling & lightfastness
revised visual vs. mixing complements
created artists' value wheel
revised tonal value
revised palette types
expanded pigments, paints & papers
revised cadmium color key
expanded advanced instruction
expanded how-to by subject
new page paul signac

 
july

updated how watercolor paints are made
revised and expanded labeling & lightfastness
revised mixing with a color wheel
revised artists' color wheel
revised and expanded mixing green
revised color science & "color theory"
new page william blake
new page john constable
revised late georgian watercolors
new page peter de wint
new page samuel palmer
new page the pre-raphaelites
new page wassily kandinsky
revised and expanded john marin
new page fairfield porter
new page philip pearlstein
revised gerhard richter
new page carolyn brady

 
june

revised the complete palette
new page laying a wash
revised plein air paint kit
new page john ruskin
new page hercules brabazon brabazon
revised and expanded paul cézanne
revised and expanded j.s. sargent
revised and expanded charles demuth
revised and expanded georgia o'keeffe
revised joseph raffael

 
may

revised Whatman papers
revised and shortened an artist's color theory
revised a basic palette
new page topographical tradition
new page the poetic landscape
new page william russell flint

 
april

revised Fabriano papers
revised St. Cuthbert papers
rewrote color models & color wheels
rewrote testing the color wheel
revised primary triad palette
revised secondary palette
revised working with paints
new page thomas girtin
rewrote and expanded winslow homer
new page charles burchfield

 
march

occupied with buying and moving to a new home

 
february

new page signing, documenting & copyright
new page the six stages of wet
new page francis towne
revised and expanded j.m.w. turner
revised victorian watercolors

 
january

fixed several broken links throughout the site
revised guide to watercolor brushes
revised how watercolor brushes are made
revised how to test watercolor brushes
new page earth pigments tour
revised tube, pan & liquid watercolors
new page gouache & bodycolor
new page interference paints
rewrote paint wheels
revised introduction to watercolor artists
new page thomas rowlandson
revised and expanded john cotman
new page richard parkes bonington
revised and expanded edward hopper

 
2000

added the site map
rewrote the intro as a statement of purpose
revised and expanded the guide to watercolor pigments
completed spectrophotometric paint measurements
completed all paint lightfastness tests
rewrote entire section on color
added new paint brands to guide to watercolor pigments
rewrote how watercolor paints are made
rewrote and expanded how to test watercolor paints
rewrote and completed the journal
revised page on color harmonies
doubled number of books reviewed in books
completely rewrote guide to watercolor brushes
redesigned section on watercolor artists
expanded coverage of artists from 12 to over 90
generated reflectance curves for all major pigments
added an FAQ (frequently asked questions) page
expanded number of artists in palette paintings
updated and expanded coverage of online retailers

 
1999

I blocked out the remainder of the site, including the sections on watercolor papers, brushes and watercolor palettes. I began sections on watercolor artists, watercolor technique and online retailers. Wrote the intro as a basic orientation and answer to common questions from readers.

 
1998

I began painting watercolors in 1997. This site started as a small file I kept of notes on watercolor paints, including my first test swatches. (I put these on the front page of the watercolor site, to remind myself of how far I've come and how little I really understand.) The earliest pages were added in 1998: the guide to watercolor pigments and the section on "color theory" (which is not a "theory" at all but a hoary collection of half truths), and the section on watercolor books. Much of this is described in my watercolor journal — which I hope will inspire you to start a journal, too.

 

Last revised 11.12.2007 • © 2007 Bruce MacEvoy

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