For many years I utilized a basic palette to paint...ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium and white. The past two years my palette has changed slightly, and has definitely expanded.
Colours from left to right: Payne's gray, pthalo blue (sometimes I switch it up for Prussian blue), brilliant purple, bright aqua green, yellow light hansa, cadmium orange, medium magenta, quinacridone crimson (somtimes pyrrole red or napthol crimson), alizarin crimson, and titanium white. I love the translucency and staining properties of Prussian blue & alizarin crimson so they keep showing up in my work. And because I work in layers, warm colours and then cool colours and repeat, it's nice to have the variety. Though I still tend to lean towards a complimentary palette when I'm finishing a work (ie. yellow/purple, red/green, blue/orange) I have begun to expand on that more as well as I think the vibrantly coloured base layers inspire me to more experimentation.
I also wanted to send out a huge, huge thank you for all of the amazing comments I have received about my current 'SACRED VESSEL' exhibit at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. I always feel so vulnerable when I share a new body of work, and even more so this time as it was such a change from what I've shown publicly in the past and is so filled with meaning for me. This is just a smattering of kindness that I will always carry with me:
I am half way through the video about your Sacred Vessel exhibition. I must say I had to stop and write. I am moved to tears...we will talk about this someday. ~ Jill
I LOVE your work, Veronica! Your symbolic language and your process are so moving and so real. It is so evocative! It really resonates for me as an artist as well - I'm a singer by trade, and one of my signature pieces is an opera about the life and work of Emily Carr. Your respectful use of native Canadian imagery
reminds me very much of her work. ~ Ramona
I love it! (not surprisingly ;)) Great show!! ~ Stephanie
Ohh just beautiful...I am so honored to be able to view a bit of your work. Stunning. These pieces speak very deeply to me... ~ Linden
...the layers..spontaneity..grace...tribute to what is sacred to you. ~ Deb
Your work is stunning! Such beautiful colors. I loved listening to you speak about what your work means to you. You are an inspiration. ~ Cathy
Spectacular ~ Sarah-Jane