My Palette: Orange

September 30, 2007 at 6:41 pm 1 comment

There’s one oddball color that I use on my palette: cadmium orange.

Cadmium orange

I call it “oddball” because I generally use a very limited palette of just a few primary colors plus white. I don’t even use black! (Not using black is another old trick of the Impressionists.) So why do I allow a lowly secondary color like orange onto the precious real estate of my palette?

I wish I could show you cadmium orange paint straight from the tube in person. (Well, I can if you come to one of my shows!) The photo just doesn’t do it justice. It is an amazingly saturated color. I can certainly make orange by mixing cadmium red and cadmium yellow, but it will be less saturated (duller). Granted, I don’t always want to use the brightest colors, but when I do want something really bright I like having cadmium orange to really pump up the volume.

It’s just too luscious not to use!

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  • 1. Inspiration: Stephen Quiller « Barbara J Carter  |  December 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    […] to “extend” my reach to another part of the circle. (I also occasionally added in tube cadmium orange, a yummy color I wanted to use but couldn’t […]


Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

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