Limited Color Palette for Oil Painters

The following palette is used for my oil painting students when they are beginning to paint. A very limited palette insures a good study of cool and warm temperatures, and practicing mixing and using value ranges. Much like playing an instrument, the practice and mastery of scales keeps the artists honest in their work. Details for the use of each range can be found in the oil painting posts.

Beginning Intro Students use the following:

First: grisaille scale: black to white:

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Standard cool/warm using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna:

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Cadmium yellow light. First, mixed with burnt sienna:

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Cadmium yellow light mixed with ultramarine blue:

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Cadmium yellow light mixed with ivory black:

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Ultramarine mixed with ivory black:

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Intermediate Intro Students add the following scales:

Cadmium red (a warm red) with cobalt blue, cadmium yellow light, burnt sienna:

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Alizarin crimson (cool red) mixed with cobalt blue, cadmium yellow light and burnt sienna:

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Lastly, cobalt blue mixed with ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, and burnt sienna:

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