Note - I try to regularly update posts with additional information but they don't normally repost. I wrote this post in 2013 and, for some reason, this re-posted in 2019 when I updated it. So I've updated it again to make it completely current!
I am often asked what other colours I use or like, and why. There are rather a lot. I have posted a paint-out of my main studio palette before, which I have recently updated. This would have some of my top 20 pigments, and allows me to paint almost anything I choose as it has a good range of yellows, reds, blues, greens and neutrals. These are all Daniel Smith watercolours as follows:
- Yellows -
- Hansa Yellow Medium as my mid or primary yellow
- Quinacridone Gold as my warm yellow
- Goethite DS as my earth yellow
- Raw Umber as my dark cool brown
- Reds/Oranges -
- Quinacridone Rose as my cool and purple-mixing red
- Transparent Pyrrol Orange as my warm red (note 2019 - this colour seems to have changed to a mid orange rather than a red-orange so pyrrol scarlet is probably more useful here),
- Indian Red as my earth red
- Pyrrol Crimson as my deep crimson. (In my smallest travel palette I sometimes use Carmine in place of the crimson and rose pigments)
- Blues -
- Phthalo Blue Red Shade as my cool blue.
- Ultramarine DS or DV, as my warm blue
- Cerulean Chromium as my liftable granulating cool blue
- Indanthrone Blue just because I love it - a deep warm blue.
- Greens -
- Phthalo Green Blue Shade as a mixing green
- Undersea Green mix DS (PB29+PO49) for foliage and leaves
- Sap Green (PO49 + PG7) for foliage, botanicals
- Perylene Green that is so useful for foliage in shadow.
- Neutrals -
- Buff titanium which is so useful for urban and beach subjects
- Burnt Sienna PBr7 is my preferred pigment for Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber as my warm deep brown
- Jane's Grey mixture of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine. This is the one I refill the most.
|My 20 colour brass studio palette from littlebrassbox - photo from 2013.|
|My 20 colour brass studio palette from littlebrassbox in 2019 - same colours but in a different order.|
|My studio palette colours.|
|My studio 'extras' palette.|
Grey Titanium DS - introduced in 2019, along with Jane's Grey, this is an interesting colour that can be just perfect for concrete, neutral passages in a wash and some stone effects. I tend to use this in my plein air extras palette too.
Lunar Black DS - I don't generally use a black pigment but I love this one due to its extraordinary granulation.
|My 'extras' palette colours|