“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.” Claude Monet
|My Daniel Smith Metal Palette|
I can relate to this quote and it often runs through my head. It was running through my head as I prepared my palette for my upcoming trip to paint poppies in Provence. The torment is which colors to bring along and which ones will be left home! But first I had to decide which palette to take. My very favorite metal Daniel Smith watercolor box can hold up to 24 colors in 1/2 pans! Or I can switch some out, and bring full pans of the colors that I use the most. It just doesn't seem to hold enough paint for a 2 week trip with painting everyday. Sadly, I chose to not use this one.
My next favorite palette and the one I recommend to all my students. It is the Heritage palette. I love it because it has a lid and a gasket which lends itself very well for travel. Also it is very affordable. It also has a removable plastic tray that I slip a painted reference card with the colors that are on my palette.
|Heritage Brand, also know as the Mijello Fusion Air Tight Palette|
|My tiniest of all!|
Then there is the little palette that I pull out on the airplane. Ok, ok now you know that I am obsessive! I can't go that long without painting! I love painting on those long plane rides. I mean, what else are you going to do? I bought mine in France but there are lots of adorable mini palettes out there to choose from.
There are also some great travel brushes that will fit inside the mini palettes. My palette came with the tiniest of brushes and I have since added a Daniel Smith travel brush.