My palette needed...

My palette needed some tweeking.  Sometimes there are just too many colors available.   I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to buying a new tube of paint.
So this evening I got busy and  put my existing palette aside.
Exchanged it for this one.
   The colors I chose are Quinacridone red - Napthol red - Azo yellow - Quinacridone Gold (this is one of my favorites and I never like to run out) - Burnt Sienna - Paynes Gray - Phthalo Green - Ultramarine Blue - and Phthalo Blue.   The reason I included burnt sienna it can be exchanged for a red, paynes gray for a blue and phthalo green makes a wonderful dark when mixed with its complement.
 I then pulled out some lovely melrose apples - cut a couple of branches from my apple tree and gathered my butterfly (who is deceased but in good shape) to create a still life of sorts.

I took several photos and practiced a few drawings before deciding on a design.

Sometimes just making a few changes can lead to inspiration.
Thanks for letting me share.  Have a great day!
God Bless.  


  1. Lovely paintings - I don;t know anything about all these colours/names; as a beginner I have a cheap discount shop paint set so clearly there is a whole world of colour/products to discover! looking forward to more pics of your lovely apple display. blessings to you.

  2. Hi Debbie. Your first painting is so dreamy. I love the warms and cools, and the atmosphere you've created. You're second is coming along beautifully too. Thanks for showing us your colour palette choice. We learn so much from what others use. Wish I could sit beside you and watch you using your brushes. I know I would learn a tremendous amount from you. Take care and thanks again for sharing. xx

  3. What a great start to what is sure to be a beautiful painting.

  4. What a wonderful talent you've been blessed with! I think both pieces are just so lovely and I can't wait to see the apples finished!

  5. I completely agree with that philosophy, just a few small changes make a world of difference, not only in painting, but in other things as well! This is going to be such a pretty piece!

  6. I love the first painting very much~It's funny how we can find the colors we can't do without-they make their way into our paintings somehow...
    I giggled about your deceased butterfly!
    Can't wait to see the finished painting.

  7. Lovely posting... wonderful glimpses of your creativity at work. I like what you said about how a few small changes can lead to inspiration. It's true!

  8. Beautiful watercolors Debbie

    The butterfly on the apples has a country elegant personality.
    The apple watercolor...have you considered your artwork for custom print fabric? Spoonflower is a neat place that prints fabric, and has a member's vote weekly contest.

  9. I don't change my palette often, instead just switching colors here and there as I fall in love with some and realize I don't like or use others. I love the photos - can't wait to see a few still lifes from this!! Lovely fall displays all around are making artists want to paint paint paint :)

  10. You are so right. I just bought some mini palettes to experiment with. I am discovering many new things out of my comfort zone and this is a good thing....
    I love your last couple of posts, especially the one about a town called Augusta. What a sweet place.
    They say we may drop in temp to 19 degrees on Sunday. They are talking snow. I certainly hope they are wrong.

  11. Bravo for setting up a new palette. Great start on your still life!!!

  12. I love paintings that are very colourful. They make me happy.

  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving an encouraging comment. I hope you will visit again sometime.You are a very good artist....I hope to be able to one day to upgrade my ability's once I get use to not feeling like a fish out of water in my new art group. :)

  14. Lovely paintings. I especially like the still life.

  15. Gorgeous still life; you are so talented!

  16. Very nice ,Debbie! I couldn't do without Paynes grey and Burnt Sienna. My palette looks much like your first one. But even when I try to condense by working with just a few colors, I mix, mix, mix, and end up with a large palette once again. Just can't help it.


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