January 24, 2010

Sargent's Palette

I'm playing with the palette that John Singer Sargent is said to have used. All warm colors, except prussian blue. The quick study has given me some ideas -- warm highlights in the hair, cool blue in the eyes -- but I'll be playing around with these colors for a while.

It's a huge shift for me -- the only color I usually use that's on this palette is naples yellow. Part of the reason is that it's largely a portrait palette, suited to people and indoor rooms/backgrounds. Also, some of the colors are more toxic/less stable than colors used today. Don't worry, I'm painting with gloves on.

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