Answering that frequent question - "What colors do you use?"
I use a double primary palette. Knowing that the three primary colors had to be included, I experimented with various tubed colors until I found the colors that worked for me. A warm and cool version of the three primaries gave me a large range of color mixtures. Over the years I have adjusted my choices but stayed with two versions of the primary colors - red, yellow and blue.
Black and white are included. Black for muting and darkening colors and for making a quick, clean, neutral gray (that always needs a bit of color added). White for lightening colors. Black and white are not colors and should never be used alone. They always need the addition of a bit of color.
Occasionally, especially with my night scenes I might have to add a bright color for artificial and neon lights. Flower paintings may also require bits of brighter colors. But these colors are infrequent additions and are stored in a separate container.
Be sure to choose the versions of the colors that fit the region where you paint. I live in Maine. Here I see muted colors, deep greens, earth colors, blue-grays - a soft palette. Years ago when we went to Florida for the winter, on my first trip I made the mistake of taking my “Maine” palette of colors. Big mistake. Florida colors are bright and tropical.
So experiment. But remember that you will need the three primary colors - red, yellow and blue - for successful color mixing. What versions you pick will be your personal choice. Keep your color palette simple and you will have better color harmony - and save money, too.
So, to answer the question, “What colors do you use?” Here they are -
Cad Yellow Light and Yellow Ochre Light Red and Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue and Ultramarine Blue Ivory Black and Titanium White.
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