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    Aaron Coberly limited pallet paintings (Updated bottom of page 3, April 17th 2009)

    It has been a long time since I have posted any paintings. I have been perusing the threads pretty regularly so I thought it was time to share some recent work. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of people ask about good pallets to start with or a good limited pallet. In no way am I going to say that this is the best or right pallet to use. I have been experimenting for the past 8 to 9 months with using different types of limited pallets after reading Harold Speeds book “Oil Painting techniques and materials”. I thought I would stop using the pallet I had been for the past 6 years and work with just a warm and a cool plus white. The colors that I chose were Ultramarine deep and Burnt Sienna. I was very surprised at the results. Here are a couple of paintings using those colors.

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    After using the Ultramarine deep and Burnt Sienna for a couple of months I felt I wanted to try a different pallet. Thinking a bit of Anders Zorn "legendary 3 color pallet" which has been debated. I wanted to try 3 colors and in Harold speeds book he mentions Ivory black and Venetian as a good warm cool starting posint gor portraits. In this pallet I am using Ivory black, Yellow ochre, Venetian red and Permalba white. Here are some examples of paintings using these colors

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    I have really likes this pallet and I think that I will keep it as my base for a while. I have also found that with this base I am comfortable adding colors where needed. Here is one from last week that I have added Ultramarine blue and Cadmium Yellow medium to.

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    I hope you enjoy


    Aaron Coberly

    You can see more at my blog http://aaroncoberly.blogspot.com/

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    Some fresh paints there!!! Can't wait to see what you'll be doing in a couple of years.

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    Excellent demonstration of the possibilities of limited palettes, esp. the ultramarine/sienna!


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    Most impressive!

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    Aaron,

    So good to see you here. Your work is amazing! Gorgeous and fluid!

    I have been experimenting with new palettes as well. Few earth tones, white, Micheal Hardings genuine Naples yellow (yum! a clear lucious lemony yellow), Studio Products Pyrollo Ruby (gorgeous substute for alizarin), Maimeri Puro 174 Crimson Lake ( somewhat darker permanent blue-red, M.H's Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Viridian, Genuine Vermilion and Ultramarine.

    You must try www.studioproducts.com Optical White. It does not dull the colors, is really slurpy and the colors when mixed with this do not sink it.

    Thanks for posting this great stuff.

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    Yeah these are brilliant, I have a special inclination for the fourth one, ahh screw it I love them all, nice work.

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    Just lovely!

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    cant go wrong..with few colors, you have a very powerful eye and your understanding of anatomy is superb..hope to reach your level some day.. I shouldnt tell you but I think you are at a level where you should start pushing yourself more..I guess your new discovery of master thinking, which is simplicity has shed new light and knowledge..now pursue it...study those paintings,push yourself for multifigure compositions..(i think you know perspective but still it takes a full mastery to be able to compose paintings like the old masters..the same goes with geometry and anatomy) think caravaggio, rembrandt,the sargaent frescoes, the multifigure raphael, rubens,LEbrun, Natorie, forshortening, imagination, vandycke, tintoretto,greco,velasquez, Ingres, David, etc I mean nowadays nobody can do this type of paintings, none, zero..not even the best in concept art or the best painter of today. I think is a lack of study in my opinion..lack of BIG BALLS, hehe, It is not only the figure, but the things that surrounds them, the history ,the epic and big proportions, the buildings the expressions, the animals, that to me is real art, a bigger message, because really the landscape,portrait, still life studies are getting sickening hehe (nothing personal, i still do those...). In the past those kind of tiny sketches were use for something bigger and better, Im tired of the excuse of i paint with sincerity, or paint what i see, come on..be more ambitious..you have the talent go for it

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    these are amazing! they make want to get up and paaaaaint!

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    Cool

    Very cool indeed.

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    beautiful work... the zorn pallette is a myth by the way, but its nice to think that he did all that with 3 colors!

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