Returning to the studio from vacation, I was dismayed by my almost-empty watercolor tubes. Ugh. This means a significant output of $$$. After some thought and cuddling up with the idea of laying out money though, Daniel Smith sent me an email about a BIG SALE! Usually, these sale emails get deleted but this time I thought: Research and Smart Shopping.
After a very careful combing through, I found this set, heavily discounted. It is pretty much the set of colors I use with acrylic paints and the palette I used for oil paintings way back then.
Yellows: Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow) and New Gamboge (a rich yellow with just a touch of orange)
Greens: Sap (indispensible primary green), olive green (neutral) and Gold Green (yellow green)
Blues: Phtalo (Red Shade), French Ultramarine, Cobalt (Primary) Cerulean Blue
Quinacridone Rose (Blue Shade), Permanent Red (primary, more opaque), Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Violet and Quinacridone Magenta
Earth Colors (Dead Palette) Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna and Quinacridon Burnt Orange.
Missing from this palette is Yellow Ochre - usually a standard in my palette but with the Raw Sienna and Aureolin, I can easily mix that
Also a black was missing. Easily mixed with the blues and oranges but I added Indigo for its deep value and blue cast.
Tomorrow I'll show you how I laid out my palette.