My Palette

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is one of my palettes.  The other is a Robert E Wood palette, which is a rectangle instead of a circle. 
 
 
These are my three favorite colors:
                Winsor Yellow  
                Permanent Rose – Winsor Newton
                Winsor Blue (Green Shade)
Also on my palette are:
                Winsor Lemon
                Winsor Orange
                Winsor Dioxazine Violet
                Cobalt Blue
                French Ultramarine Blue
                Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
                Skip’s Green – Cheap Joes (or Thalo Yellow Green, Grumbacher)
                Alizarin Crimson
                Quinacridone Gold & Quinacridone Magenta
                Daniel Smith Pthalo Turquoise

*(Most of my paints are Winsor & Newton brand, but I also like Daniel Smith, Grumbacher and Cheep Joe’s products.) 

 

When I am using a limited palette, I usually pick 3 colors, for instance:

Winsor Yellow, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue Green Shade
Thalo Yellow Green (Skip’s Green), Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue Green Shade, Winsor Violet
Winsor Lemon, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Green Blue Shade
Winsor Orange*, Winsor Green – Blue Shade, Winsor Dioxazine Violet 
 
Using a limited palette is great.  It will teach you how the different colors interact with each other, how to get the most varied results with the least hue choices, and how to get very subtle neutrals by mixing on your palette, or by glazing layers on your paper. 

There are limitless combinations to try, all with different results. 

I prefer to use transparent staining hues that way I can use lots of glazing (thin layers wet over dry)


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