Painting palette, updatedPosted: January 12, 2019
After an intense period of painting and sketching (and since it’s too cold in Montreal to even paint in my car today) I thought I’d spend some time cleaning my palettes and updating the Art Materials page on the blog. I think I was also motivated by the Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, because after watching one episode of her show on Netflix, I spent a full evening frantically organizing my office and filing cabinets. I guess it’s tidying week.
I’ve been promising to post an update of my larger studio palette. I recently invested in a Holbein Enamelled Steel Folding Palette with 24 slots for colour and a handy thumb hole. The palette is really well designed and when I’m standing to paint, the palette rests comfortably on my arm. This was admittedly a splurge for me and I try to keep it in good shape by obsessively putting it back in its cardboard box after painting on location so the black enamel doesn’t get chipped. A little ridiculous, I know, but it really is a beautiful object.
The colours I filled it with are somewhat different from my small sketching palette. New additions from my trip to Provence are Lavender, Naples Yellow and Cobalt Green, all opaque colours that are fun to play with.
Top row: Azo Yellow, New Gamboge, Naples Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Orange, Cadmium Red Deep, Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber.
Bottom Row: Manganese Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Indanthrene Blue, Sap Green, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Green, Lavender, Cobalt Violet Light, Carbazole Violet.
If you are interested in knowing the brands, the tubes are below, photographed in the same order as the placement in the palette.
On the updated Art Materials page, you’ll also find my travel sketching palette and colours, my travel brushes, my studio brushes and my favourite drawing supplies, including links to suppliers when available.