In doing Impressionism / Landscape / Oil Painting - What do you think the best colors would be to have on your palette? from email@example.com
Keep it simple. Some prefer the primaries + black & white. A name you may know that follows this is Kevin Mcphearson.
I use 11 colors + white. A warm & cool of each + a few more. I have found that since I have eleminated the convence colors I have better color harmoney & am starting to understand color mixing..
Let's see if I can remember what I use. Cad lemon, cad yellow deep, TEY, cad red, TRO, aliz crimson, viridian, olive green, cerealian blue, ultramarine blue, ivory black. And this is my standard pallet for all painting...
Remember to use the cadmium colors .They used them to create light by painting over the first brush strokes to create light and texture.
Thanks for the response... I used your suggestion while Plein Air painting Sunday morning along the Hudson River.
I am not sure whos advice you used but I am glad it helped.
try Sap green
Monet's palette was : lead white, chrome yellow (cadmium yellow medium), Vermilion(cadmium red light), Cobalt violet, Prussian blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, emerald green, viridian, chrome green, red alizarin lake.
I try to use a simple 19 century style palette.
Flake white remplacement (Gamblin), cadium yellow med.,yellow ocher, cadium red light, Alizarin, colbalt blue, prussian blue, viridian,chrome green, cobalt violet.
Interesting- flake white instead of titanium. Usually flake is too transparent for me. How does that work out?
JB2 You have an interesting palette. (Sorry what is TEY and TRO?) I'm rethinking what I will try --
Titan. white, lemon, Cad yellow med, cad red med, alizarin, a cooler red that is equivalent to quinacridone red in acrylic (found it never mind), viridian, cerulean, cobalt, ultramarine, burnt sienna, ivory black or van *** bown(I still like my black!) (sap for landscapes, naples for portraits) I'm thinking of dropping one of the blues. Any suggestions on blue or know of a red similar to quinacridone red. Never mind I just looked online and this red comes in oil along with pthalo my favorite acrylic blue. I was also debating on getting an orange or vermillion??
I was just thinking that the palette I described is really more of a generic palette. For plein air I might consider
white, cad yellow med, maybe lemon, yellow ochre, alizarin, (cad red med or) vermillion, burnt sienna, sap, van *** brown, cobalt, cerulean, ultramarine/pthalo. Any views?
Hey Katpaints, TEY = Transparent Earth Yellow. Great earth yellow. TRO = Transparent Red Oxide. This color solves a lot of problems. It can be used everywhere with great results. Plein air, figure or still life. Set up a color chart and mix it 4 to 1 with every color on your pallet & see what it can do. (4 to 1 means 3 parts TRO to 1 part other color)..
I mix my oranges..
For Plein air I run with Quick dry white, Cad lemon yellow, cad yellow deep, TEY, Yellow ochre, cad red light, aliz crimson, TRO, viridian, Ultramarine Blue & burnt umber...
Jb nice outdoor palette ! TRO is a good idea I might try it.
Katpaint, the gamblin Flake white replacement looks more like a old school lead white (I think) it is opaque but not as the titanium though.
You all use a lot of colours on your plein air pallet.
I use, a lot less:
Summer and spring intense light: Titanium White, Cadm. Yellow Lemon, Cadm. Red light, Ultr. Blue, Phthalo Green
Winter and Autumn low intensity light: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Amber, Alizarin Permanent, Ultr. Blue, Emerald Green
Cheers and good painting
A lot of great answers I'm going to take some notes myself.