One great thing about not packing extra clothing when going away for three weeks is that I have plenty of room for my art supplies. I also have enough room to bring extra travel palettes and my GoPro camera with chest harness so that I can film painting with the various palettes on the streets of Marseilles, below the cliffs of The Calanques and the lavender fields around Les Bassacs. I am bringing far more reds and violets than I normally include in my travel palettes. This is a perfect opportunity to use up some of those ancient tubes of paint that get left in the drawer because I’m not familiar with them. Not only do I have my personal stash of unfamiliar and least favored colors, I have inherited dozens of tubes of neglected pigments from artist friends who have moved or passed away. It’s time to squeeze them out and use them! I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone focusing on value and design. If I practice what I preach, it won’t matter what the name of the pigment is. If I chose my values well, the painting sketches should work!
Of course ….. my favorite colors won’t be left behind. I’m treating myself to three weeks of experimenting, inspired by fellow artists and the remarkable environment of Provence.
After filling the pans with paint, I created color charts of each palette. I also painted a value chart of all forty-one (Outrageously large number of colors!) hues, grouped into Light, Medium and Dark values.
Note: The Caran D’Ache tin works well for carrying extra pans of my favorite colors and a few unfamiliar colors to test. For details on these travel palettes, including the color charts, please visit the Traveling Light / Palettes Page.