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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zorn palette and extended palette

I like to use a modified Zorn palette, which is generally the Zorn colors plus one or two additions. The Zorn palette does not have any truly transparent colors, so that is what is usually chosen. Above is:
Titanium white
yellow ochre
cadmium red medium
transparent maroon-winsor newton color
blue black.
The first order of business is to mix up a pile of "green" and "blue" using black, white and yellow. This opens up the Zorn palette and helps one to see the range of possibilities.
The reference is sketched with a mechanical pencil...for me it is less messy than a paint sketch and I can erase more easily.

(These shots were taken on the easel, and they have glare!) Darks are laid in with black and maroon, and a bit of red, plus the bluest blues and greenest greens are put in the background as a starting point.
The basic flesh tones are laid in using the full palette and the whole canvas is covered.
Highlights are put in with pale shades of blue,green and purple tones. These are super colorful, but help to give the warm undertones balance and show effect of outdoor lighting on the subject.
By contrast, the above is a general palette I use for everyday painting. From left to right:
titanium white
radiant violet-Gamblin
ivory white-Holbein
yellow ochre
cad yellow light
coral red-Holbein
transparent red oxide-M. Graham
cad red medium
permanent rose
transparent maroon-winsor newton-or Lefranc's Transparent red ochre (same pigment)
radiant magenta-Gamblin
compose green-Holbein
sap green
olive green
cobalt blue
royal blue-Lefranc
radiant blue- Gamblin
ivory black
monochrome warm-Holbein

1 comment:

  1. Wow those portraits are stunning. You are very talented.