Blue Palm, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7" x 5"
Most often I use a fairly limited palette when painting, consisting of a warm and cool red, yellow, and blue, white, and the occasional visitor color depending on subject. Some time ago a friend who was moving generously gave me her supply of acrylic paints.
Even though she's a fine artist, her interests were turning to jewelry, and she didn't want to carry across the country art supplies she may not use. Many of the gift tubes were not colors normally used in my palette, and so I let them sit and the box got moved and moved again.
Cleaning out the studio in preparation for the upcoming season, I found the box and took a second look. Why not try some of them? Permanent green adds a whole new brightness, and mars black, a color I've avoided, might have some potential in making new greens. Time to find out!
Changing up our comfortable materials pushes us to find different solutions. Look for some new colors in my painting, like the undertone of Phalo Turquoise in the palm!