There is a
bewildering array of beautiful paint colors available. There are so many and they are so pretty!
colors in nature
I thought - what are the colors in nature? Oh the colors of the rainbow!
Well let's see, we have red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
There is also a dark blue between the blue and purple, called Indigo.
This greatly simplified my color choices.
Excluding Indigo, there are basically six colors in the rainbow.
Now, how do I use this knowledge for choosing paint colors for my palette?
choosing paint colors
There are many wonderful brands of paint. I usually use Winsor Newton paints. They have an excellent reputation with good quality paints.
It is important to note the difference between student and professional grade paints. Student grade paints are less expensive for starting out. They contain
less pigment, so they cost less to manufacture.
I recommend you use professional artist paints that contain more pigment. Consequently they cover better during painting.
When choosing paint colors, I purposely chose transparent colors. Transparent colors allow the white of the canvas or paper to show thru the paint. That makes the colors appear more brilliant.
single pigment colors
One of the criteria I follow when I am choosing paint colors is to find how many pigments are used to manufacture the paint.
Paints that are made with only one pigment mix well with other colors. They produce clean color mixtures.
All of the Alkyd paints I use are single pigment paints. An exception is one convenience color I use, Sap Green.