I love paint colors. Friends have been pushing me to get serious
about a travel palette so I can paint comfortably onsite, and I resist because
I love all my colors, especially the transparent parrot colors and
earthy mossy greens and don’t forget Daniel Smith’s Primatek minerals and . . . and . . .
Look at all those luscious colors in my primary palette. How to pick?
But I can’t carry all these colors around with me. I tried making a travel palette
from half-pans so I’d have more colors, but I hated the half-pan sizes.
I needed a good working travel palette of versatile colors.
The first pass was the fifteen colors above.
I based my travel palette choices on
building colors, Portland colors,
and also how a couple of the colors mixed
to give me a bronze color and a brilliant orange. I needed to methodically practice mixing. I began my career in acrylics,
which I mixed in small jars.
The problem was, after spending time mixing my first palette, I realized that I had too many colors which I could mix to give me close to the same hue, shown left. I also knew I would miss Caput Mortem, an odd purple-brown that I reach for so often when I am painting buildings. I chucked QoR’s Bohemian and Green Gold, and Sennelier’s Raw Umber. I pulled in two yellow oranges, and a few more Primateks. I chose Holbien’s Permanent Yellow Orange because it less muddy than M.Graham’s Indian Yellow. I was surprised that I could mix my Caput Mortem from Yavapei and Peimonite! I wanted to put in Serpentine but it will mix onsite like a Sap Green, and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is quite close to Amazonite in the mixing ranges. I could not choose a third pan!
Finally I said, “Enough!” Everything can be changed as I work with it.
I have a lovely range of the Primateks to play with, and parrot colors, and
Portland colors. Opera Pink (yes it is fugative but this is for my journal), Quin. Red (Sennelier), Quinophthalone Yellow, Piemonite, Permanent Yellow Orange (Holbien),
Sap Green Indigo, Quin. Burnt Orange, Green Gold, French Ultramarine,
Quin. Gold, Amazonite, Lapis, and Yavapei.
And room for one more color . . .
Stillman & Birn Alpha journal with a Lamy Safari pen, a Noodler’s giveaway pen, and various Noodlers ink. Daniel Smith, Holbien, QoR and Sennelier watercolors.
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