Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I used the limited palette for this one too but introduced blue and Alizarin crimson to keep it from becoming too warm and brown.

Limited Palette

This series of portraits - two from models and one from a photo were painted using a limited palette of Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White. I found some work by Joseph Jeffers Dodge in "Painting Faces and Figures" by Carole Katchen. He uses this palette to wonderful effect. You have to be careful that the lights don't go chalky but it is surprisingly versatile.