January 20, 2015
My husband made me a new palette which is 32 inches wide. It is so nice to have this extra space for mixing, but I am actually using fewer colors. Back to the split primary palette with a change from cerulean to phthalo blue. I tried it and you can just mix some white into the phthlo to create a cerulean and it's nice to have that dark on your palette for making dark greens and black. I'm reading Carol Marine's book and she uses phthalo blue (green shade. I go back and forth between the three primaries and the split primaries.
Here are two recent paintings using the limited palette (split primaries), doing a small study first then a larger one using what I learned from the study about color and composition. I pushed the darks in the second one and used fewer brush strokes.