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Your sketches are fantastic, especially the leaves. Our palettes are very similar. I just couldn't live without Buff Titanium :P I like the idea of your Bistre custom mix!
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Your sketches are fantastic, especially the leaves. Our palettes are very similar. I just couldn't live without Buff Titanium :P I like the idea of your Bistre custom mix!

Thanks. I find I end up wanting Buff Titanium even if I reduce to 7 or 8 colours. It does so much, and with granulating Goethite, it renders beaches, shells, rocks and so on so readily.

The 'bistre' is brilliant - it saves all that mixing time, and can be used to lightly sketch a painting, very diluted, before you even start instead of a pencil, or at the end for the strong shadows. And it shades other colours if necessary, especially the greens. Anyway, I put it into all my students' palettes to keep them away from blacks or paynes grey and it works a treat. I mix it to just a blue side of grey - seems more useful that way - stir it well and let it dry.

What are your other colours? I do change mine around at times - I am about to try W & N Quin Magenta as my cool red. I am also going to give M Graham Quin Rose a go (not easy to get in Australia) - apparently it is a very red version, but usually I stick with Daniel Smith.
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Thanks. I find I end up wanting Buff Titanium even if I reduce to 7 or 8 colours. It does so much, and with granulating Goethite, it renders beaches, shells, rocks and so on so readily.

The 'bistre' is brilliant ... I mix it to just a blue side of grey - seems more useful that way - stir it well and let it dry.

What are your other colours? I do change mine around at times - I am about to try W & N Quin Magenta as my cool red. I am also going to give M Graham Quin Rose a go (not easy to get in Australia) - apparently it is a very red version, but usually I stick with Daniel Smith.

I have been fickle about colors in the past but have finally settled on these 10 in my sketch kit:

Buff Titanium (PW6)
Permanent Yellow Light (PY155)
Quinacridone Gold (PO49 -- the "real" one)
Lukas Red (PR254) or Permanent Red (PR242)
Magenta (PR122)
Maroon Perylene (PR179)
Indanthrone Blue (PB60)
Cyan (PB15:3)
Cobalt Turquoise (PG50)
Pthalo Green (PG7)

I am going to ditch the PG7 in favor of an indigo mix like your "bistre". I keep thinking I want to ditch the warm red for Burnt Sienna Deep (PR101) but reality is, I can mix a pretty nice alternative from PO49 + PR179 so it seems a waste of space. And I can't really mix a good saturated warm red alternative from the other colors on the palette. In any event, this palette is definitely intended as a mixing palette and the colors were chosen to that end. I really enjoy the process of observing a color in real life and then trying to figure out how to mix it.

Incidentally, PG50 is a wonderful color ... great for bright blue skies and offers granulating pastel mixes similar to PW6 but in green, blue or purple tones that are just gorgeous.
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Hi Brindle
That's an interesting palette - really strong blue, deep crimson/maroon and quin gold is an amazing 'primary' mixing triad - your paintings must have some oomph. Or a CMY triad if you want. Nice. I tend to paint so much natural stuff that I like to have an earth colour, and wouldn't want to drop Burnt Sienna, even though it can be mixed. I am less of a fan of PR101 'cos of the opaque and sometimes 'dead' look it can have and it doesn't like mixing with Ultramarine, my main blue.

You can mix a pretty bright red with the magenta (assuming it's W & N - almost a pink?) + quin gold can't you? If you want to drop the warm red.

I've sampled a little Cobalt Turquoise and agree it's a gorgeous colour.
I love granulation. I haven't used it for any paintings though - just one of those DS 'try it' dots! I'll have a look at your website to see what you do with it...

I am always fascinated by the colours people choose. Everyone's choice depends so much on what you are going to choose to paint with them.
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yum - what a scrumptious journal, love your work, cannot pick a fave, they are all super, thanks so much for sharing these delights...
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Jane: color choices ARE an addiction, LOL! Yes, this palette mixes brightly but the buff titanium and cobalt turquoise can knock things down back into "earth tone" territory which I guess is why they are so useful. I can mix a gigantic range of greens and browns with this palette. I have many "colorplay" sketchbooks filled with nothing but blobs of mingled paint, transition exercises, value studies, etc. It is by doing that that I've managed to come round to these choices but as my earlier comment indicates...there is no such thing as a "be all, end all" selection when it comes to pigments!!!
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I agree! I don't know if you have seen the poll I started, well two actually, on 'just 6 colours' or '12 colour palette' in the learning zone. I have had a careful look at the palettes others have chosen and it's great to get fresh ideas. You play around with your own studies then see someones else's favourites and play around again to see what they can do. Peryleen Maroon comes up a lot by the way. I have it, but it hasn't worked into a fav yet. If I need that hue I mix crimson (of whatever form) and Jadeite in my limited palette. Lovely for painting apples though, and some sorts of pears.
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Yes, I responded to those polls I don't paint too much with Perylene Maroon by itself but as a mixer of smoky violets and subdued oranges and dull reds and rich browns, it is awesome.
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I missed the start of this thread, but just went through it all - gorgeous work! Your botanicals are really well done.
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Jane, I can't tell if you sketch before painting. Do you? If so, please forgive my poor eyes. It's their fault, I'm just the messenger.
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Yes thevaliantx, I sketch lightly in pencil to get the proportions. You wouldn't see it though however good your eyes 'cos I go back into the drawing with a very fine line of diluted colour, correcting if needed, and then erase the pencil. There will be some spots where the painted line will have crossed the pencil so it won't erase, but they get lost in the paint anyway when I paint in the colours.
Sometimes I do a more finished pencil drawing and just add a wash, or pen and ink with a wash, but I haven't posted any of those.
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Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

(By comparison my works look like they were drawn by a five year old.)
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(By comparison my works look like they were drawn by a five year old.)

LOL - you must know some very sophisticated 5 year olds! Your layouts and economy of line are great!
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