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05-14-2003, 08:54 AM
I have a small plasic box that will fit six halfpans, I thought that I could have it in my purse . Wich six colour would you chose?
05-14-2003, 08:57 AM
Hooker's green dark
Scarlet Lake (or Burnt Siena, perhaps)
Perm Carmine or Aliz. Crimson
Manganese blue or cerulean blue
05-14-2003, 09:07 AM
French Ultramine Blue
Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
05-14-2003, 09:09 AM
french ultramarine flue
it also can dipend on what you like to paint. manganese blue is great for sky, but you can substitute it, IMHO, with cobalt blue if you paint portraits.
05-14-2003, 09:15 AM
(Might sub Pthalo green for Pthalo blue.......... - hmmmm).
05-14-2003, 10:18 AM
Hansa Yellow Medium
Quin Burnt Orange
and Cobalt Blue - ok that's more than 6 but trying for a cool and warm of each and a neutral and the Cobalt because I love Cobalt!
05-14-2003, 10:34 AM
Great question. Here are mine:
05-14-2003, 10:41 AM
BUT also, I would really recommend Burnt Umber. And Indigo and Perm Rose - very nice and useful. Maybe there's a cheap box big enough for 9 at your art store?
05-14-2003, 10:45 AM
Cobalt Blue or Burnt Sienna
French Ultramarine Blue
05-14-2003, 01:01 PM
On the basis of which colours I use most of:
French Ultramrine Blue
05-14-2003, 01:39 PM
That is two of each primary. All are transparent, wich mean they mix well with each other for rich triads.
more opaque but very nice colors - for misty moods, (but also easy to make mud):
that's my 2cents anyway!! Good luck!
05-14-2003, 01:44 PM
Magnesium blue Hue,
Not that it is a 100% useful palette, but that is what I would choose.
05-14-2003, 06:24 PM
One thing really interesting about all this. Everyone of us has chosen a different six colors. Most of us would say that working with a limited palette is best, especially when starting out. But no wonder we buy so many tubes of paint. It takes a lot of experimenting to figure out what your own limited palette will be.
05-14-2003, 06:49 PM
ultramrine blue or what ever blue you use in its place
This is what I took on my recent trip to central america. What ever you try it will not be right 100% so trial and error should be used. If you are doing a seascape you may take different colors than if you are doing landscapes.
05-14-2003, 10:27 PM
French Ultramarine Blue
Quinacrone Rose or Permanent Rose
This was hard to decide.....but fun to look at everyone's picks. I see lots of Aliz. Crimson on these lists. I do have W.N. Perm. Aliz. Crimson which isn't fugitive and I like the color.
05-15-2003, 03:06 AM
French Ultramarine Blue
Manganese Blue (because I love granulating colors)
Uh...uh....last one, hard choice.....Burnt sienna
(I know there should be another yellow, but I never use it!)
WAIT!! Where does "Opera" go?? Let's face it--you need a bigger box.
05-19-2003, 08:37 AM
After spending the weekend mixing colours I have made my choise
Permanent alizarin crimson
Permanent red medium (Rembrandt)
I think translucent yellow is a wonderful colour, in tint it's lemon yellow, in masstone it goes towards ochre and in the pan it doesn't look yellow at all.
Permanent red medium is a little bit darker than sarlet lake and it would probably be better with something more orange but I took what I had at home.
In order to be able to use the colours I took a brush and rolled in a piece of palsticcoated paper to protect it during transport, the paper will also serve as an mixing area.
05-19-2003, 10:09 AM
perm aliz crim
french ultramarine blue
phthalo blue (gs)
I confess that I would buy a bigger purse.
05-19-2003, 01:10 PM
My six [all W & N]: -
Windsor Yellow [deep]
05-19-2003, 02:01 PM
my favorite yellow
my favorite blue
my favorite red
room for chocolate left over
05-22-2003, 02:29 PM
It is not just the problem of selecting "only" six colors; it is choosing only six colors to use for every painting you paint!
Certain kinds of subjects call for certain specific colors, depending on many factors.
05-22-2003, 03:00 PM
ya, but if you take the 3 primaries, you have it covered;)
05-27-2003, 01:04 PM
But nearly every blue, red, or yellow named color is not a "pure" hue; it is biased at least slightly to one of its adjacent analogous colors.
Alazarin Crimson works for me more often than other "reds" in what I paint but I would be stuck not-too-infrequently without also having my cadmuim red and my permanant rose!
I use Cad. Yellow only a little more often than Lemon Yellow. So I need both.
I often use both Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue but sometimes can get by with just Pthalo. Blue.
I like to have Titanium White and a Black, and a Green, too.
So six is not a problem for a specific subject at a certain time. But not for all-around use.
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