What's with the Orange? 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7x5
Funny how most artists will use a color palette that can be identified almost anywhere. I've talked about my palette a couple of time, and tend to use the same colors, with perhaps a visitor or two every time I refill.
Familiarity with your palette is a good thing. Mixing requires little thought, and you learn what to add to darken or lighten, and the value you are likely to achieve with each mix. When you add a visitor, as you use it with your familiar palette, you incorporate its color attributes into your color memory little by little until it too, becomes a tool rather than a surprise.
For some reason, this season it's all about the orange. Cadmium orange is the new regular on my palette, rather than some of the less powerful or mixed oranges. Its a bit of an upstart at times, requiring some disciplinary action when it becomes too bold but its warm and outgoing nature can add a lot to any setting.