Ste. Anne in the snowPosted: February 1, 2014
In yesterday’s post I identified mostly all the colours in my palette but in doing so, realized that I only really used a few of them all the time and most of them little or never. I said I used only six or seven colours but I didn’t identify what these colours were. That lead to a few questions in the comments part of the post. “So what are those six or seven colours you use frequently?” Rather than put my response in the comments, I thought I’d answer it here instead. Here are the colours and what I use them for most often. Of course I use other colours too but I seem to be refilling these pans most frequently and also where my palette is most caked up. My favorite brands in any of these are Winsor Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith and M. Graham and what I use depends on what is on sale when I’m shopping.
Burnt Sienna: for making brick (with Alizarin) and for mixing with Ultramarine for beautiful grays
Raw Sienna: a transparent earth tone used for pale underpainting in skies, mixed with purple for shadows
Alizarin Crimson: for mixing darks, for dulling greens, for mixing reds since cadmium is too opaque
Cobalt Blue: these days for making snow shadows and my perfect colour for making any kind of shadows including snow
Ultramarine Blue: diluted for skies, mixed with Burnt Sienna for grays
Azo Yellow: for making greens because it is a transparent colour, for combining with Alizarin and Ultramarine for a limited palette
Indanthrene Blue: my most recent addition. I love this deep indigo hue for making darks.