View Full Version : Preset palettes?

02-26-2001, 08:07 AM
Hello all,

Does anyone use preset palettes?
And if so would you be so kind and elaborate a bit on how you do that and the considerations for your colourchoices?

I would be gratefull to get some info on the subject. It was mentioned in the critique forum and that more could be found on the Dick Blick website, but I couldn't find any mention of it there.



02-27-2001, 01:00 AM
We call it a limited palette here in Australia ....and you can choose your own selection of colors depending on your subject....most include the primaries in one form or another ...either transparent or opaque ..and white ...then whatever you think you will need but usually limited to seven colours maximum...some only use three! I have done paintings with three colours but only in watercolor...in oils I use about seven most times but sometimes only five.
Which are
cad yellow,white,Cyan,magenta,ultramarine blue,...there are plenty of browns and blues to be had from this mix as well as greys and dark darks.I usuall add raw sienna and yellow ochre for landscapes.
The umbers and burnt sienna I hold also for certain things like shadows in mountain clefts and the rock canyonscapes of the outback.
Hope this helps.

Art from the Heart!
Sue in Oz.

02-27-2001, 10:33 AM
Hi Grannyb,

Thanks for answering, but I know what a limited palette is.
Maybe I didn't expressed myself too clear, but I gathered it was about a premixed palette so you wouldn't have to mix your colours in the heat of the moment. And there was mention of a book by John Howard Sanden (if I remember well) and even of the premixed paints for sale (if I understood right), but these I couldn't find on the website that was mentioned.
So if anybody knows some about it and would be willing to explain some ...



02-27-2001, 11:26 AM
You're right, Dick, the Preset palette and the limited palette are 2 different things. I don't have any experience using any of the preset methods (there seem to be several approaches) but I know several accomplished portrait artists who do. I shall have to give them a call because it's something I want to explore. It seems to be more common in portraits, but I want to see what has been done for landscapes (or just come up with my own). It seems like a very handy method when time is of the essence.

As far as Sanden's method & mixes, I found this link:


Also, Rob Howard has a tutorial on using a preset portrait palette on his site:


From this page, click on "Portrait Palette" on the right. Hope this helps.

Jeff G.

02-28-2001, 01:07 PM
Thanks Jeff.
I'll check these links and see what I can find.