ColorWell Munsell Explorer and Paint Finder

(Anthony Waichulis) #1

Connecticut painter John Morfis has recently published a free online tool indexing oil paints according to Munsell notation. By using brand-specified notations and his own Munsell determinations and spectrophotometer readings he has Schmincke Norma, Williamsburg, Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher and Gamblin oil paints covered so far. Click on the “Munsell Explorer” tab on his site and select a hue page to see which notations correspond to one or more paint readings. The “Paint Finder” tab helps you to find paints in various brands with the same pigment code.




“The Munsell Explorer. Learn how you can research paints using the Munsell Explorer at The Munsell Explorer lets you navigate the Munsell color spaced and find oil paints based on their hue, value and chroma. This painter’s tool easily allows you compare the colors of oil paints regardless of which manufacturer made the oil paint.”

“The Paint Finder. Learn how to use the Paint Finder at to research oil paints. The tool finds all major manufacturer’s tubes of oil paint based on their pigments. This oil painting tool is very useful for finding leads on other tubes of paint that might be comparable to your existing oil paints or the supplies given from a painting class. Enjoy researching oil paints based on their color index rather than their brand names!”


(Tim Dosé) #2

Wow, super super cool!

I’ve actually measured a number of paints and thought long-term about publishing them somewhere. Since I’ll probably never actually have time for that, really glad to see this.

But—I can’t seem to just look up a given paint’s Munsell notation. The only way I see to find it is to poke around in the explorer. Am I missing something?

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(Anthony Waichulis) #3

I don’t think that you are missing anything Tim. The only way I can see a given paint’s Munsell Notation is to click on the different tiles in the Munsell Finder. You would think that the Munsell notations would be included in the Paint Finder but as far as I can tell they are not (just the pigment codes (e.g., pigment PR83.))


(Tim Dosé) #4

Yes, you would think that you could find the notations that way. Unbelievable–I demand a full refund from Mr. Morfis!! :smiley:

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(Anthony Waichulis) #5

LOL! Indeed! :smiley: