Trad Basics Week
When learning how to paint traditionally, most people pick their colours two ways: buying a kit of basic colours, and/or buying random tubes that look like they might resemble the colours in the finished piece the person is envisioning. Unfortunately a lot of beginners don't have a teacher standing over their shoulders advising them which tube of red or white is going to be most useful in the long-run, or how that one $12 tube will last fifteen times longer than the $4.75 "student grade" tube beside it - and be easier to work with.
Student-grade cobalt violet hue is not amused with my elitism.
In this article we're going to examine the basic painterly palettes at the pigment level instead of the common name, and how to piece these palettes together with tube colour for the lowest cost and best result. We're also going to review some basic pigment properties and how they can impact