Yesterday I made some changes to my palette after locking it in place for three months. While I was making my final decision I decided to sketch my adjustments which was a fun way of recording my thinking.
I can’t share anything about my palette without adding a disclaimer that my colour choices are incredibly personal – ie. somewhat quirky!
I was chatting to Jane Blundell this week, and as always had lots of fun talking about pigments. We think the same way about many pigment choices but there are a few colours that we have different experiences of. Goethite vs Monte Amiata Natural Sienna(MANS) vs Quinacridone Gold is one of the comparisons we love talking about. MANS and Quinacridone Gold are VERY similar and yet for me do completely different things. Although a gorgeous pigment, I find Goethite a little dull (doesn’t have the glow of MANS)… though you will notice I have added it as I want to try it out again.
There is no palette that will work for everyone… so enjoy making your own decisions as you try various pigments out. Please read these general comments about what I believe are important considerations for you to make… and don’t copy someone else’s palette and expect it to magically produce the same results when you paint with it.
One of the important aspects of being an artist is having confidence in your own preferences – allowing your personality to come through your artwork. So if you like a certain colour – stick with it! This is one of the reasons why these days I only recommend 6 colours in my teaching so that you have the freedom to expand it to include pigments that you need, use often or just a few colours that you love! You do need a good core selection, but colour IS FUN, so having a few ‘just because I like it’ choices is good for your sense of play!
Anyway, I could go on and on discussing my colour choices… but here are the current changes. And please refer to this post for the listing of my starting point.
- I am splitting DS Transparent Red Oxide full pan into two so I can test out the new DS Burnt Sienna Light (PR101)
- Swapping Buff Titanium with WN Naples Yellow
- Taking out Perylene Green (I think it is DS) as although I love the colour I can mix it easily with DS Indathrone Blue and DS Quin Gold
- Putting Goethite into the spot where Perylene Green was, rather than restoring the DS Van Dyke Brown back to a full pan.
- DS Colbalt Blue Violet is replacing Holbein Marine Blue.
This page has a coffee sketched using Goethite. It is a little overworked as I was half testing the pigment at the same time. There is no doubt that Goethite straight out of the tube is a great coffee colour, but colour is not the only characteristic that is important to me. Stay tuned for more thoughts about this interesting pigment.
As for my fad colour spot, I was thinking of a very faddy purple colour but after kicking around a few options with Jane decided on Cobalt Blue Violet, a colour that another one of my great pigment pals, Paul Wang, absolutely loves.
Ok… enough about colour for today. It is nice to have some new pigments to test out because there is an exciting sketching event happening over the weekend. Stay tuned for more!