Two must haves on my palette. Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. So many color combos possible….cools and warms…..and together they make a great black and warm greys with white.
The two colors my palette is never without are terra rosa and yellow ochre. I tone all of my canvas with a gray/green and under paint my larger paintings with terra rosa. The contrast really helps me work out composition and value issues before committing to my final work. Yellow ochre is a versatile color that mixes well with other colors to form natural looking hues. No matter what I’m working on, I put them out every time.
I must do this unconsciously, but my two must have colors (besides black and white) are green and red. These naturally complimentary colors create so much visual fun that they shouldn’t be reserved only for Christmas.