But wait, I was talking about black - or rather the absense of black - on my palette, wasn't I?! Hey - take a look -
There's all my happy little colors!
Don't I ever need black, you ask? Well, in a manner of speaking, sometimes I do. I just finished a little stack of paintings and one of them was a painting of a 'black' dog.
Have you got a 'black' dog handy? Take a close look. (note that I did not insert a 'black-lip-dog' joke in here!) Just how 'black' is your dog? I rest my case.
See! That's why there isn't any black on my palette. Because I prefer to mix a chromatic black that I can change to suit my exact needs for each portion of each painting including the not-so-black dog paintings!
Chromatic black - now doesn't that sound fancy *winks* - check it out!
Actually, mixing a chromatic black is simple. Basically, you take a nice earth tone color, mix a little nice blue in there, and add just a smidge of a rich red. Voila - chromatic black. In my case, I used burnt sienna, ultramarine deep and alizarin crimson and, by changing the amount of each color, I can control the warmth or coolness of the black. Because all of these are pure colors, both they and the chromatic black can be used in lovely glaze washes without turning to mud.
Cool, huh?! I keep lots of notes like this in my little palette book. Do you have a nifty little book where you keep your helpful notes?
Happy - and color filled - painting!