You're probably familiar with the typical elementary school perspective on primary colors: fire engine red, blueberry flavor blue, and lemon yellow. These colors are fine, but in advanced color theory they're incredibly limiting.
In another post I'll talk abut hot-cool color theory and about the true six primary colors.
Today, however, I'm going to talk about making a variation on the primary colors. In the image above we have a "Primary Ochre Palette" -- Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre, and Vivianite. Using these you can create a complex series of colors together, excellent for landscapes, portraits, and still lifes.
I was cleaning up some of my supplies and checking my inventory. This is a palette I used back in the super early days of my college career. The quality of the bulk of these colors is very low (I'm talking, I bought them at Walmart to save money) with a swatch or two of higher grade paints (payne's gray and grumbacher chinese white, gifts).
It's a little memorizing to look at this palette and think about how I used to rely on it, a bit embarrassing too. Unfortunately the paints are not really the quality I work with anymore, so I'm at a crossroads on what to do with it. Do I keep it for the memories, give it away so it doesn't collect dust, or something else entirely? I'll figure it out eventually I suppose.
Thank you little palette for all of your hard work. Thank you for being a part of my journey as an artist.