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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
Winsor violet
Cadmium yellow
Hooker's green dark
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson

05-14-2003, 09:02 AM
Quin gold
Scarlet Lake (or Burnt Siena, perhaps)
Perm Carmine or Aliz. Crimson
Manganese blue or cerulean blue
French Ultramarine


05-14-2003, 09:07 AM
French Ultramine Blue
Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
Winsor Yellow
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber

05-14-2003, 09:09 AM
aureoline yellow
burnt sienna
french ultramarine flue
rose madder
manganese blue
permanent rose

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.

happy painting!
ciao, rapolina.

05-14-2003, 09:15 AM
Good question.

Ultramarine Blue
Pthalo Blue
Rose Madder

(Might sub Pthalo green for Pthalo blue.......... - hmmmm).

05-14-2003, 10:18 AM
Hansa Yellow Medium
New Gamboge
Phthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Quin Rose
Quin Coral
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:

Permanent Rose
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Ultramarine Blue
Cerelean Blue
Winsor Green

05-14-2003, 10:41 AM
Ultramarine Blue
Pthalo Blue
Aliz. Crimson
New Gamboge
Lemon Yellow

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
Aliz. Crimson
Scarlet Lake
Lemon Yellow
New Gamboge
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
Prussian Blue
Burnt Umber
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Permanent Rose


05-14-2003, 01:39 PM
french ultramarine
thalo blue
new gamboge
lemon yellow
perm rose
aliz chrimson

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):

colbalt blue
burnt sienna
yellow orchre

that's my 2cents anyway!! Good luck!

lyn lynch
05-14-2003, 01:44 PM
Magnesium blue Hue,
Scarlet Lake,
Quin Magenta,
Indian Red.

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.

Bill J
05-14-2003, 06:49 PM
ultramrine blue or what ever blue you use in its place
prussian blue
lemon yellow
cadmium yellow
permanent rose
burnt umber

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
Burnt Umber
French Ultramarine Blue
Lemon Yellow
Winsor Red
Quinacrone Rose or Permanent Rose
Sap Green

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.

Kate Mc
05-15-2003, 03:06 AM
Great question!

Permanent Carmine
Winsor Red
French Ultramarine Blue
Manganese Blue (because I love granulating colors)
New Gamboge
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

Phtalo blue
Permanent alizarin crimson
Permanent red medium (Rembrandt)
Burnt umber
Translucent yellow

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
transparent yellow
aurelion yellow
scarlet lake
perm aliz crim
french ultramarine blue
phthalo blue (gs)

05-19-2003, 10:19 AM
I confess that I would buy a bigger purse.

05-19-2003, 01:10 PM

My six [all W & N]: -

French Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue
Windsor Yellow [deep]
Windsor Lemon
Alizarin Crimson
Rose Madder


05-19-2003, 02:01 PM
my favorite yellow
my favorite blue
my favorite red

Winsor Violet

room for chocolate left over

just dave
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;)

just dave
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.