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Old 02-06-2018, 06:46 PM
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Creating a palette from only series 1 colours

If you could pick from artist quality paints (any brand and medium) but only from series 1 colours to keep the costs low, what paints would you pick?

Just interested to see people's responses and rationale..
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:27 AM
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Re: Creating a palette from only series 1 colours

That's a tough one, because it is so context-dependent. Any good artist can do a lot, just using earth colors, or some pre-mixed earths with a smidgen of more chromatic pigment. I imagine that a good portrait artist could easily limit the palette to series 1. And I imagine that a very competent artist could even do subtle landscapes, carefully choosing the subject matter.

I think it comes down to the greens. I just did a quick glance through a couple of major (oil paint) brands, and did not see anything in the cheapest colors that would produce a wide range of greens. They would be too consistently earthy, I think.

"Close to series 1," meaning not much more costly than the lowest earths, gives a lot more freedom.

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Old 02-07-2018, 02:49 AM
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Re: Creating a palette from only series 1 colours

For me this is easier because I never use real cadmium or cobalt colors due to cost and toxicity. Also, I will choose from Winsor & Newton Artisan because I've used them a lot over the years and still like them. Artisan only has 2 price series...making this waaay too easy. I like a 4-color RYGB framework plus one or two earth colors to make life easier:

-Cad Yellow Deep Hue
-Permanent Rose
-French Ultramarine
-Phthalo Green YS

-Titanium White
-Raw Sienna
-Ivory Black
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:39 AM
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Re: Creating a palette from only series 1 colours

W&N artist oils have a few colours (besides earths) that could be used:

Chrome Yellow Hue (PY74 / PO62)
Bright Red (PR254)
Mauve Blue Shade (PV19 / PV23 / PB15)
Ultramarine (Green Shade) (PB29)
Chrome Green Deep Hue (PB15 / PG7 / PY42)
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:45 AM
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Re: Creating a palette from only series 1 colours

Actually it was interesting to see how these are quite a few series 1 colours in brands like W&N, but when I compared in Rembrandt and Sennelier hardly any (beside earths, whites and blacks)
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