Utrecht Limited Palette

Here’s another limited palette exercise, this time using oil paints from Utrecht.  The palette includes Cadmium yellow light, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Permanent, Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna and Titanium white.

I liked the consistency of all the paints; only the Ultramarine blue had some separation of oil from the paint on the palette.  I used Burnt Sienna, Alizarin, and yellow in the underpainting.   Without the Terre Verte that was on my Daniel Smith palette, I found that some shades of green were hard to achieve.  I used quite a bit of white to lighten the yellow for highlights in the trees.  A mix of the Alizarin, blue and sienna made a good dark, and the Alizarin alone was good for the leaves of the Japanese Maple tree.  Sienna lighted with white worked well for the ground around the grassy areas.  I liked the Utrecht paints, but found this particular limited palette had me wishing to add  lighter yellow and a greener blue.

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