23 for Galway and ManchesterPosted: July 7, 2016
There’s nothing like a new palette that’s filled with colour but never touched by a brush. So pristine. So much possibility contained within. So many choices. It’s like a box of candy. You don’t know which one to pick first.
I always carry too many art supplies with me when I travel, so with the aim of travelling light — especially after recently losing (and then finding) my luggage — I have a new palette that will go with me to Galway and Manchester. This one is much smaller than my usual plein air Alvin Heritage Palette. The closed size is only 3″ x 5.75″ and yet I have managed to get 23 colours in there. This replaces a travel palette that I used so much when I first started sketching that most of it rusted away.
Of course I’ve filled it with plenty of yellows, blues and greens for painting the Irish landscape, as well as lots of rusts and reds for my industrial workshop location in Manchester. I’m not leaving just yet but have filled the wells a few days early, in the hopes that they will dry before I get on the plane.
Except for two half pans, the colours are all filled from tube paint. They may be hard to make out from the photo so here they are from left to right.
Top row: Cobalt Teal, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Indanthrene Blue, Mineral Violet and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.
Middle row: Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Pyrol Orange, Organic Vermilion, Quinacridone Rose.
Bottom Row: Naples Yellow, Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Leaf Green, Sap Green, Phthalo Green, Shadow Green (first time trying this deep green).
Ironically my workshop at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester is called “Bare Bones: Exploring limited palettes in watercolour“. That might lead you to believe that I use a tiny palette with only three or four colours in it, but the workshop is more about achieving unity in your sketches through limited use of colour. I may be packing light but I don’t think I could ever travel without a full range of pigments.