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07-02-2011, 03:03 PM
Do you think viridian and sap green are essential colors to have for seascape painting? Should I buy them? Viridian is kinda pricey. Do I really need it? I have a seascape book that recommends it. Here are the colors of Graham walnut oil paint that I have so far. What else should I get?

Cadmium red light
cadmium red deep
quinacridone rose

pthalo blue
prussian blue
cerulian blue
ultramarine blue
cobalt blue

pthalo green

hansa yellow
cadmium yellow light
cadmium yellow

yellow ochre
burnt umber
burnt sienna

ivory black
titanium white
zinc white

colors I'm thinking of buying next:

dioxazine purple
raw sienna
sap green
transparent red iron oxide

Marty C
07-02-2011, 10:06 PM
I rarely use viridian. Pthalo green will work as well if used very carefully.

In my work I primarily use pthalo blue, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, sapphire (which is an Art Spectrum mix of pthalo blue and pthalo green), Tasman blue, turquoise, chromium green oxide and Paynes grey, which I use for neutralising (I like the blue shift of the paynes for seascapes). For white I use titanium white.
For rocks - raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, juane brilliant.

07-04-2011, 12:48 AM
You'll be fine, don't worry! These colors are enough to support a palette. Viridian or the other blues and grays Marty suggests can be very useful for speeding up painting and getting to accurate colors more quickly, but they require time to learn to use, it will be better to learn with what you have:
Cadmium red light
pthalo blue
pthalo green
cadmium yellow
ivory black
titanium white