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patindaytona

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on: November 15, 2013, 02:12:42 PM
Can you all tell me your approach to setting up paints ready for the canvas?
I can't afford to set out a ton of tube paints. I've gone through alot of ideas on palette strategies, but never adhered to any of them.
Again, i want to maybe try this: Pre-mixes   along with the pure tube colors used in those mixes (small dabs only so i can use tiny amounts if i want to use variations of those pre-mixed colors)
This is where it gets out of control for me....once, i start putting the brush into the mixes they spread and become quite a mess on my palette.
If i could only try to use one side of each pile (one for a warm variation perhaps and the other side for a cool variation if it came to doing that).
But these are words...it's so hard to control. I just keep squeezing out paint by the ton. I waste alot of it.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 02:45:23 AM
Pat, I use a very limited palette and the palette I use will depend on the subject matter.  I arrange the colours according to the colour wheel...just in a straight line starting with white, then yellow, red, blue...and so on.  When I premix colour strands, I will put them on my palette in a row from top to bottom (underneath my limited palette) and leave enough space between colour strands so they don't intermix and leave enough space if I need to do inpromto mixes.  At the end of the day if I find my palette is starting to look too messy, I will move the colours from my palette, keeping them in the same order, to a big piece of glass.  Clean off the palette and move the colours  back, all ready for the next painting session. I always try, most of the time, to work methodically...but what works for one artist, might not work for another. Hope this helps. 
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Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 03:39:37 AM
Pat, I have 4 tile pallets. If I run out of room on one, I just set it aside and mix the new colours on a second tile etc.

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Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 08:25:50 AM
Batman, I have a couple and i kind of do that also.
Leana, i started using a limited palette at one time too, but that idea didn't last too long. I am going back to it though. Once i started buying couple of the earth colors i got confused. It's so easy to just start grabbing a fast brown like that. Once you loose concentration, you're not mixing carefully anymore.
It reminds me of running ...so fast that you're loosing your balance. Having and sticking to a method really makes you feel like you are accomplishing something and you probably are in many ways. Organized palette...organized mind.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


 

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