December 8th, 2013
I tried something new! Photography!!!! This is my watercolor palette. Basically three colors: red, yellow and blue. The water container is a candy jar with my apple watercolor printed on it and sold through my Zazzle Shop. I dug the paint out of a double Prang container and put in my own Winsor-Newton colors.
November 21st, 2013
All of my watercolors are done with the limited palette. I use three cool and three warm transparent colors of red, yellow and blue. From these I can mix any shade or hue of color. The spectrum is limitless and I love the control and freedom this method of painting gives me.
The bunch of red grapes pictured here, were painted using this method. Portraiture is especially rewarding with the limited palette. The subtle layers of skin tones achieves a depth you cannot get with just one basic flesh color.
November 21st, 2013
This watercolor taught me a lot! First of all the size I chose is extremely hard to position on cards and most products. It is long and narrow. I chose to paint flowers because that subject matter has always been a 'stretch' for me and I needed to expand.
I used the limited palette of colors ( i.e. red, yellow and blue) to paint this image. I purchased the frame first and painted to the size of the frame. Decided not to matte it, and omitted the glass. Sprayed the finished painting with a fixative so that it can be touched.
This particular piece of art was created for a specific purpose: the original will be donated to a Silent Auction next spring of 2014 to raise money for the children of Haiti.
The progression of this painting can be view on my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nan-Wright/163871345960
Are there any of you artists out there that like to use the limited palette?
November 21st, 2013
This is my actual palette I use to paint all my watercolor paintings. I bought a cheap Prang double paint set. Dug out the prong colors… washed it up good. Then put in my 6 colors of two reds, two blues and two yellows. Then mixed up a warm black and added a white gouache.
The bottom tray includes my secondary palette mixed with the primaries. They include: purple, orange, deep blue, primary green, deep green, yellow ochre, warm brown and cool black -- all mixed from the above primaries.
This palette is extremely 'portable' and can travel with me all the time.
June 14th, 2013
If you want to follow the progression from beginning sketch to finished watercolor, I have a FacebookPage you can "like" and see the latest development on my current painting. I use the limited palette of colors. i.e. red, yellow and blue. From these three, I can make any shade or hue of any color imaginable. I have 2 reds ( warm and cool); 2 blues (warm and cool); and 2 yellows (warm and cool). I am happy to share how I mix these and any other helpful tips in using the limited palette.
Click below to go to my FaceBookPage and I hope you enjoy!
June 13th, 2013
Painting with the limited palette of three primary colors is the easiest for me as a watercolorist. I can control what every shade and hue. By using transparent watercolor primaries, it allows me to 'remove' paint I am not happy with ... with the exception of blacks and dark blues. I choose 3 warm shades of red, yellow and blue, and 3 cool shades of red, yellow and blue. With these 6 little pots of paint, I can mix any color I need, and I know EXACTLY what is in each one. The "Cowboy and his Appaloosa" was painted with the limited palette ... as was most of my paintings in all of my shops.
July 9th, 2012
LouAnn and Pete was a commissioned watercolor that was extremely fun to create. Pete, the golden labrador, is seeming to 'say'.... "oh, keep doing that and don't stop!".... OR "Mom! you are embarrassing me!" We will never know his thoughts, but I think he was lovin' it a lot.
May 24th, 2012
"Missouri Fox Trotter" was specifically created for a silent auction to raise funds for the people in Haiti. The Mission Festival will occur on June 3, 2012 at the Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN. 10:00 a.m. This original watercolor painting I double matted in a solid walnut frame.
March 22nd, 2010
The Pittmans' and their dog 'lil Bit, was a commissioned portrait done with the limited palette of three primary colors. The original was 16x20.