This painting utilized the Renaissance Palette: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cerrulean Blue, and White. Though limited, the range of possibilities is greater than one might think. The Renaissance palette is often considered too dark, too earthy by many artists, but though it might lack brilliant colored hues, (such as the cadmiums), it is no less able to warmly represent the entire range of values, which is the foundation on which any strong painting is established.
Here in this painting begins for me a more studied approach to my work. The idea of thumbnail sketches had eluded me for most of [...]
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