Thursday, July 30, 2009

Colors on my Palette

Carole posed a question from my last blog post on art supplies about what colors I use in my palette. Early Morning Oyster Boats, pictured above, is an example of a limited palette painting. I used only three colors: yellow ochre, ultramarine blue and white. Using a limited palette unified this painting by forcing me to mix colors and think about their relationship. For many paintings these days, I use the following colors: cadmium yellow light, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, alizaron crimson, ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple, and viridian. These seven colors are my personal choice which may change over time, but are a comfortable start for most paintings.


  1. Brent,

    Thanks for the palette information. :)


  2. Love a limited palette. Nice painting.