Over the 6 years of landscape painting, I’ve explored different limited palettes – but not lately. I wanted to see if I could make Venetian Red look like vermilion. No such luck – give me Cad scarlet any day! I set up the red still life ( it was rearranged again after the photo but before the painting to take advantage of available natural light on both the still life and my panels.) These are painted on 9×12 carton sheets from Judson’s. This project would have worked better – and been less time-consuming had I simplified the shapes more – dang that ribbon! The color I felt that I was missing the most when working with the earth colors was, to my surprise, Indian Yellow. So useful!
The different palettes are:
#1. Christopher Chippendale’s Ltd
Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue, Paynes Grey, Venetian Red
#2. Earth Tones (via Kelley H)
English red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Earth green, or Verde Antico, Ultramarine blue, King’s Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw umber, Ivory Black, Titanium White
#3. Stanley Bielen
White (Stanley uses Flake white & PermAlba which is a titanium and zinc mix, I used titanium white), Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium yellow deep, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Venetian Red, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cold Black, Ivory Black
#4. Kevin McPherson Ltd (via Harold)
Titanium White, Cadmium Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Phthalo green (I used Williamsburg Phthalo Green-Yellowish) Ultramarine Blue
#5. My usual – thanks to Catherine Kehoe, Emily Eveleth, George Nick and Claire Sherman
Titanium white, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow ,Cadmium Scarlet, Persian Rose, (occasionally quinacridone magenta, etc) Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Phthalo Green-yellowish (replaced Viridian, Prussian Green, or Sap Green,) Cadmium Green Pale, Cobalt Teal, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue
. . . and then I painted these with palette #3 (top) and #5 (bottom).