Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Here is a list of colors used in this painting – do you think it was too many??? By my count, there are 28 colors listed below! I just don’t understand that “limited palette” idea!

Table - Sepia, Van Dyke brown, quin gold deep (limited), monte amiata
Background and areas on the various cans - Hooker’s green, sap green, thalo blue and thalo turquoise
Beets - Quin magenta, perylene maroon
Lima beans - hooker’s green
Tomato – quin sienna, perylene scarlet, quin gold deep (limited)
Cans - sodalite
Also – appearing in a supporting role – quin gold, indanthrone blue (seems I can’t paint a painting without these two!), quin. burnt orange, permanent brown, permanent lemon yellow, arylide yellow, aureolin yellow, Venetian red, Indian red, French ultramarine, raw sienna, cobalt teal, cobalt blue, cerulean blue
Most of these colors are from Daniel Smith.

Shaker Fast Food, watercolor on Arches 300#, 15x22


Carol Blackburn said...

Never too many colors, if that's what you need to make a painting as lovely as this. It's wonderful, Deb.

Deb Léger said...

I love those labels, Deb!!! I don't think there's too many colours - you've got them all working together beautifully. I don't understand that limited palette idea either. ;)

Laila said...

Your painting is beautyful. I really like these cans, and your colours too. You are very talented.
Greetings from Norway.

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Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Deb, this is stunning in its detail! I loved seeing your process, too.

Regarding quin gold, I can't seem to do any painting without that color somewhere in it. I saw a demo by Anne Alleman and she said "I swear if they stop making quin gold I will stop painting"! I am a great fan of all of the quin colors, but especially quin gold and quin burnt orange (I paint a lot of Southwest scenes).

Vicki Greene said...

Terrific painting! Thanks for listing your colors. I can't seem to limit my palette either even though I have tried several times. I just love all of those DS colors!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

A more contemporary version of a Warhol with lots more to enjoy. Usually I prefer a more restricted palette, but all these colours work so well together Debs.

debwardart said...

Carol, Deb, Laila, Granny, Vicki - here's to color, and lots of it! (And I'm sure Daniel Smith Co. is cheering us on, too!!!)
Susan - we must be sisters - quin. gold is a MUST in every painting. I'll have to look up Anne Alleman, she sounds like my kinda gal!
Joan, I laughed at the Warhol reference! Here's to UNrestricted!

Ann Buckner said...

Deb, love those labels. Great job on the painting. I'm in agreement with whatever it takes to get a painting completed to the artist's satisfaction. :)

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Can you have too many colors?! LOL! Beautiful! Very nostalgic!

RH Carpenter said...

Deb, that is a limited palette - all the pigments are by Daniel Smith, right? ha ha Looking fantastic!!!

debwardart said...

Kimberly - NOPE!
Rhonda - "limited to Daniel Smith" - I hadn't thought of that LOL!