3 Color Palettes for the Serious Oil Painter


3 color palettesHave you ever given much thought to just how important your color palette really is?

One of the most fun and satisfying aspects of oil painting is setting up your color palette and preparing your tools.

This process really helps define who you are becoming as an artist, and what direction you will be taking.

3 Color Palettes

It took me years of study, trail and error, being mentored by other artists and teachers, to finally settle on my set of artist tools and color palettes. Color palettes, though challenging, can be great fun to figure out on your own or with the help of teachers.

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  1. Im starting to get into painting. I think my biggest problem given my style of art is choosing colors and the more choices I have the harder it is for me to just create.

    • If you are just starting out, I recommend that you start with the Limited color palette. You can mix every color that there is from the limited palette. Learn as much as you can about color theory and color mixing. As you experiment, you will become clearer on the colors that suit you best.

  2. I’m never organised when I’m painting, I start with some colours, than need another one and so on and on, my palette grows while painting and also the colormix on my hands and face…….
    The search for the colourfield or -variations is for me a very nice experience, but I’ll try to keep in mind what I read above.

    • Thanks so much for your comments. It sounds like you have a lot of fun when you paint. I can totally relate to what you are talking about. As you paint, the colors mix and blend and form a kind of growing presence and character of their own. And the paints always seem to find their way to your jeans and shirt and face as well. I generally start off with all my colors laid out very specfically on my palette. But it isn’t long until everything on my palette no longer is quite that organized, as I work very quickly and sometimes very chaotically.

  3. 😉
    you can have a look at the result of this fun on:

  4. Hi, The color palette that I given was by my art teacher has really served me well.She claimed that it came from Gericault.Cadmium red medium,Alizarin crimson,Cadmium lemon, and Cadmium yellow medium,Viridian,French Ultramarine, Cobalt blue,Cobalt violet, Raw, and burnt Sienna,Raw umber and Pozzuoli red -all up 12 colours if you do not include the titanium/zinc white.I did add a few colours to this,but it was never when my teacher was around.

  5. Ive recently started to use the CMY pallet and through my old colour wheel out the window. Mixing with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow acheives such a rich vibrant secoundary and tertiary colours i cannot beieve i was taught RYB theory in the first place. CMY gives such beautiful greens its great for landscape painters

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