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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
limited palette with a challenge
new color chart in sketchbook based on David Barker's limited travel palette
Several years ago, there was an article in Artist's Sketchbook
magazine on artist David Barker's limited palette and how he used it in
his travel sketchbooks. What really caught my attention was that he
first used only ultramarine blue and burnt umber to establish values and
temperatures in his sketches, then added color only as needed. Sounds like an interesting challenge to me!
the original color chart and my Bijou box
At the time, I worked out his
colors in a color chart which I recently found while cleaning out
old art supplies. I decided to try a similar palette in my Bijou
box, substituting a quinacridone version of alizarin crimson, goethite
brown ochre for raw umber, and quinacridone burnt orange for burnt
sienna. I don't use yellow ochre or aureolin anymore -- these
are leftover pans. When they are empty, I will probably replace them
with quinacridone gold and Hansa yellow medium.