"The use of expressive colors is found to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice." Henri Matisse

Paint Colors
Nita Leland Workshops

Exploring Color can be done with almost any painting medium, although most students in my classes use watercolors. Please bring artist-quality paints, such as Winsor & Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith and others. Leave old dried out tubes, discontinued colors and student paints at home. You might consider splitting the cost of paints with others in the workshop. Everyone should have the required colors listed below; this is the basic palette for mixing all colors on the color wheel. These colors may also be used for learning color schemes. The expanded and compatible palette colors are recommended to get the most out of the charts and painting exercises that teach about color mood and expression. However, you will have plenty to keep you busy and you'll learn a lot, even if you can only bring fine quality required colors.

Required Colors Add these for Color Harmony Triads

Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Red, Permanent Red or Cadmium Red
New Gamboge or Indian Yellow
Winsor Lemon or Cadmium Lemon
Winsor Blue (Green Shade) or Phthalo Blue
French Ultramarine
Burnt Sienna
Neutral Tint
For oils, acrylics and gouache include white.

WN Rose Madder Genuine
Aureolin Yellow
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Yellow Ochre
Indian Red
Raw Sienna
Brown Madder
Payne's Gray

Suggested for Expanded Palettes
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Magenta
Cadmium Scarlet or Cadmium Red Orange
Winsor Orange or Cadmium Orange
Thalo Yellow Green or Permanent Green Light
Hooker's Green
Olive Green
Maganese Blue Hue
Winsor Blue (Red Shade)
Rembrandt Turquoise Blue
Old Holland Blue Violet
Winsor Violet
Thioindigo Violet
Perylene Maroon
Quinacrodone Gold
Idanthrene Blue


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