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Old 01-14-2019, 10:32 AM
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Cadmium paints in limited palette

I am experimenting with a limited palette. Are cadmium yellow and cadmium red worth buying (just looking at the price)? Are there other pigments that are equally good or better. Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:08 AM
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Re: Cadmium paints in limited palette

Depends on your goal with the paint, direct and alla prima benefit from the mixing qualities and applications used with cadmiums. If you want just some inexpensive paints in the same hue family check out Hansa Yellows, Azo Yellows, and Indian Yellows (for various versions of Cad Yellow hues); Cad Red hues include Pyrrole Reds, Pyrrole Oranges, and a number of other pigments that can get you close in color.

Opacity is the main difference though, none of these pigments have the same kind of opacity as found in genuine Cadmiums. That is the major reason we still see Cadmiums marketed, they are very difficult to replace.

I visit www.artiscreation.com for finding out more about certain pigments used in paints (such as cadmiums). It is a very useful site for learning about the many pigments out there, who makes them, what paints they are in, and so on.
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Re: Cadmium paints in limited palette

How limited are you limiting your palette? Yellow, black, red?

Cadmiums are great because of the opacity. They are lovely mixed with both black and white.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:01 PM
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Re: Cadmium paints in limited palette

I was going to use just yellow, blue and red, plus titanium white. I am trying to avoid black as I worry I use it too much. I usually have a large amount of colours out so this is a challenge to myself. I also buy in greens a lot.

Delofasht - Thanks for the link. That site looks really interesting and i'm sure I will use it a lot.
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Re: Cadmium paints in limited palette

What kind of things do you like to paint? If you like realism and portraits you can use earth colours a lot which are cheap and opaque.
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Re: Cadmium paints in limited palette

The traditional limited student palette is yellow, black, and red (plus white). This is a wonderful palette to work with and you can do a huge range with it.

You could do Cad yellow (light or medium), cad red light, and ivory black.
Or yellow ochre, any earth red, and black. If you use blue with this palette (ultramarine) you'll likely have trouble getting your darkest values.

I guess it depends on what your learning intentions are, this is more of a tonal palette where value is stressed over color.
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