Over the past few years I have really put a lot more thought into the colours I use, particularly when creating portraits & skin tones. About a year ago I stumbled onto Jane Davenport acrylics, and the colours have been a wonderful addition to my palette even though the paint can appear a bit flat with no sheen, but I'm fine with that. .....
Now that I've painted well over 200 portraits as well as the 'Fashion Plates' series that also incorporates skin tones, I have begun documenting my colour palette. The Jane Davenport colours have blended quite seamlessly and have actually helped me in my colour mixing a great deal.
My basic portrait palette includes whites (unbleached & titanium), alizarin crimson (or quinacridone magenta), cadmum-free orange (and/or cad-free yellow medium), burnt umber, prussian blue, dioxazine purple, and bright aqua green. These colours tend to shift a bit depending on the originsl skin tones of the subject and the light and on occasion I also incorporate pthalo green (blue shade) and vivid lime green occasionally.
The Jane Davenport paints were purchased at Michaels and the Liquitex at are available at any art supply stores.
AIRdirondack Art Project