sunlit soft spring
That may seem like a lofty statement to make, but I will explain why I am confident in making it.
My ColorBreeze System is the culmination of studying color analysis for over 35 years.
It started with learning about the basic four seasons. I thought it was brilliant, and it certainly worked for me (a warm autumn). But it didn’t work for everyone, and it evolved into the 12-season system.
I used the 12-Season system for a long time. But even then, I found some people didn’t fit into each category as neatly as they should have. The same thing occurred when I used the even more advanced 16 season system.
While the 16 was brilliant, I still found some people needed to fit exactly into a perfect season. The existing system might have been ok, but I wanted better than just ok.
One thing about all of the systems I used was that each one was an advancement of the previous one. They weren’t radically different than each other. They evolved into more precise, advanced versions of the one before. Essentially, more sub-seasons were discovered within each of the four original seasons.
So when I knew there was still some advancement needed; in other words, more sub-seasons to be found, I went back to the basics.
The basics for me was artist Albert Munsell’s color tree.
Long cited by most color analysts as the basis for their color systems, I knew the answer would be found in his tree.
My ColorBreeze System was completely inspired by Munsell’s tree.
Here is his original color tree:
Very briefly, you can see the yellow-based colors are on the right side, and the blue-based are on the left. Yellow is intrinsically lighter than blue, so it is near the top of the tree (think Spring seasons). Blue is deeper in value, so it is near the bottom of the tree (think Winters).
But every color will fit somewhere on that tree, as will every person’s coloring, or season.
So I created my own version of the tree showing where approximately each season will sit on that tree.
To simplify this further, see the image below.
The diagram above explains what the tree represents: the trunk represents the values (lightness and darkness); colors – like on the traditional color wheel – are either warm (on right) or cool (on left) or blended (somewhere in between); and chroma, or saturation, is represented by how far a color is from the trunk vs. how far out on the ‘limb’ of the tree branches.
Let’s take a look at the ribbon which is in the mid-range for value and chroma.
Any color on the horizontal band will either be all cool, all warm, or somewhere in between depending where it’s positioned.
The same principle applies to a person’s coloring.
Let’s look at the bottom band where the people with the deepest coloring would sit.
In the 12-season system, there were only Deep Winters and Deep Autumns. Both have slightly blended undertones as the Deep Winter flows into the Deep Autumn and vice versa.
But logic dictates that there should be an all-cool version on the bottom far left side and an all-warm version on the bottom far right. My ColorBreeze System identified those seasons.
Here are the DEEPs:
Let’s take another look only this time at the top of the tree, the LIGHTS:
For those of you new to color analysis, this system may seem overwhelming at first.
That’s ok. If that happens, take a step back to the 16 or 12 seasons and master it.
After a while, you, too, will start seeing some people who don’t quite fit perfectly into one of those seasons.
That is when you will begin to see the value in the ColorBreeze System.
There is a very precise and very accurate place for everyone.