Mastering a limited palette using color scales

Guest writer and artist, Julie Petro, shares with us her tips to mastering a limited palette using color scales. Limited palettes are a great way to learn and practice many fundamental aspects of painting. Yellow ochre, cadmium red, ivory black and white are known as the Zorn Palette and were used by the Swedish artist Anders Zorn when he first began to paint in oils. I painted this portrait called Maria’s Heart using only these four colors. It shows the rich flesh tones possible with this limited palette. Maria’s Heart by Julie Petro. Available from RS Hanna Gallery. I often start students off with some color studies such as these. I got the idea, of course, from Richard Schmid’s Alla Prima

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