What is an Artist's Palette?
There a couple answers to this question. It can be a selection of colors and it is the surface that holds those colors. I use both definitions as do all artists. For instance, my selection of colors for a painting is most typically a limited palette. Preferring to mix and blend, I select five or fewer pigments for each work.
The palette selected for a desert plant painting.
If you look up the definition of palette you will find that it is 'the board on which an artist mixes their colors.' Being a person who likes to reuse things I frequently use old plastic tubs and containers for my palette, the place where I place the pigments, and because I paint with acrylics which dry very quickly I need a palette that has a closing cover. You see here that my current palette is the bottom half of a container that at one time held a salad. It is a bit of a clam shell affair, so the top is placed over when I am not painting which keeps the paint fresh.
Because I like this particular palette container additional pigments were added when I started a new painting. I kept to my limited selection of color using the new and ignoring the old. The palette certainly began to take on a bit of a messy look.
Then when I got into a third painting more color was added. This was a bit unusual for me. I normally start each painting with a fresh palette. Again, I have to say, I like this particular container, so I have just continued to add to it. Then I started a fourth painting and an interesting thing happened, a serendipitous effect. Quite accidentally a bit of the magenta, which was used in a floral painting, was picked up by the brush while working on a Tahoe Rock painting.
Currently exhibited at Spirit Gallery, Truckee, CA
Now my use and reuse of this palette container is causing me to use a new palette (colors) in some of my paintings. I rather like this idea of allowing fresh new color to come into my work.
And there you have it....An Artist's Palette....with a bit of a digression telling how it works for me.
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