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Palette, 2006 by HeatherHorton Palette, 2006 by HeatherHorton
Oil on Panel

I am going to paint my palette once a year for the rest of my painting career. An artist's palette is very personal I feel and has different incarnations throughout one's life.
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE it.:)
MyColourPalette Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Amazing painting :) :heart:
Ristia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful. I never thought of using a scraper to clean my pallet, it makes a lot of freakin' sense though.

Other painters can learn a lot from another painter's pallet :heart:
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is true about the palette! :) Glad you like the technique idea :) Happy painting!
Danghieu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This deviation has been featured at the following [link]
Hope you enjoy!
DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting idea, I might try it. this is a wonderful painting by the way :D I agree that a palette is very personal ^^
kongosan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Artist
i agree. great job!
artisalma Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Luckystartard Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Thought it was a photograph!
very niceeee :D
debuccino Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW at first i thought this was a real photograph! amazing!
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
noxpennatus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... it's very intriguing, and yes, I agree that a palette is very personal and intimate.
ken-moonsong Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Excellent painting, right-on value especially, and I too love your technique. One area I thought you could improve: your block style of painting seems to disappear on the standing paint tube and small jar. Maybe you were looking for a contrast, and if so great, but you may have found a way to keep true to the overall pattern. Still, I love this, beautiful color!
Enigma-thats-me Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
wow!lovely expression comin thru..........lucky u! such a big one!
Pagan-Inspiration Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you can't tell where the palette ends and the table starts. :P
Antonio-Pozo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Monica-jfa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
So beautiful work!!! love the detail under the table is just amazing, & very good prespective

...when you are an artist you don't have a choice... (Rick Harper)
davidisgay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
you make me jealous :)! awesome job!
A-Fool Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Is that an acrylic tube of payne's grey? Do you do a line sketch or an underpainting with that?
tiffany Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007   Photographer
this is a wonderful idea. it will be so interesting to see the evolution of your palette...something that is seemingly ordinary, but you're right - so full of personality and memories. i love your style...the evident strokes, the use of light (especially on things like the aluminum can), and the color. a beautiful painting, and a beautiful idea - good luck with this series. :)
BidWiya Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
Now that i totally agree with!!!

My paintbrush --> [link]

Paintbrush two --> [link]

Pallette --> [link]

Am I fake or real? --> [link]

I just love your style of painting... you are truly insperational!!
FinchFight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
oh my goodness...this is my floor! i thought no one would understand, but you got it perfectly! but it sounds strange to say that a floor says a lot about an artist as time passes...
good work. how long have you been painting?
dholms Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just so incredible!!
and it's so true too!
our little cluttered work areas are just so full of
color, texture and most of all, character!!
we leave behind little remnants of our art and
fantastic idea!!
well done!!
Maieth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
now THAT's a great piece of work :)
:+fav: obviously shows great talent and techinque, but its the subject matter that makes it. its just...quirky :) hehe
pipberrypimboo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
wow great idea, thats really cool! if i keep my page up that long i'll make sure i come and see it every year :]
awesome job!
savianty Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing work
HeatherHorton Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I took reference of the palette and then used it to paint the palette..using the palette! Rather surreal to say the least!:>
feelgoodthing Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
the colors make me happy!
Aprilart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I love viewing an artist's palette! Combined with your genius skill of painting, this is indeed superb! I love this. :nod:
FeeBag Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
Those brushes just look impossible...

I've always wondered whether you use the pallet you're painting to paint with or if you use another? Or just take a photo... Hmmm the photo sounds alot easier lol

Another favourite :)
bbijann Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
great oil color technique
Djoz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
very great!
papiland Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
I love the idea! Thanks for sharing such a personal part of your work :)

Happy New Year!
Renoux Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Excellent !!!
ramblebramble Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
i love this palette even more than the last one you did.. do you work from a photo when you do this or use the subject matter as you paint? :D
i really like all the little blotches all over the wood and the bent tubes underneath
jacquifire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
This tells me a lot about you, the way you work and the space you are in. You may not believe this but I experience envy of other artists working space and pallet it has happened before. But to experience envy of a painted pallet now that stretches reality. Enjoyed this one Thanks.
hyperphagia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007   General Artist
oo! the texture (most notably the white of the exposed palette) just makes me want to reach out and touch it.
bananalicious Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
i remember fav'ing ur previous palette painting.. im in love with the idea.. such a personal thing to share.. :D
Pamala Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
Great idea. It is interesting to see which colours you use as well.

Vonsiel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Student General Artist
This is really nice. I love my palette... It's watercolour.

Just add water.

AliArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Wow that metal pot looks so shiny. You artwork is such a unique style but really likeable. I love the way you use thick brushstrokes and lots of paint.
lemango Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
i love the idea of a painter painting their tools of the trade, and yes you are very right that one's palate is a very intimate thing. thanks for sharing yours with us!
schizochicken Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
Absolutely brilliant, just amazing work!
win1soon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
Outstanding Heather!
WattsHanna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
yes, artist pallete is personal.
and if the colors combenation on our pallete are looking good together, then they will looks good together on the canvas too.:)
WattsHanna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
yes, artist pallete is personal.
and if the colors combenation on our pallete are looking good together, then they will looks good together on the canvas too.:)
Moni3 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Traditional Artist
I use palette paper instead of a palette. That's some kind of sacrilege, isn't it?
velociraptor842 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
I agree: a palette can show so much about an artist. =) It's a shame I haven't painted in so long. I really wanna get back to it. Grr. I think I will, soon, though. ^_^
God, I LOVE your work SO much. Everything you do has so much feeling in it, and is just so textured and wonderful, and ooooh, I love it. :heart:
f0rTyLeGz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
The mother of my x wife came to my studio one time, this was years ago, before we were married, and an old pallete was tilted against the wall. She thought it was one of my paintings and complemented me on it.

Lovely painting... gorgeous... intimate.
creepmaster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Traditional Artist
That's soooo good. It looks like it's been worked over through a long time. I really like it. :D
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December 30, 2006
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot S400
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
7 mm
Date Taken
Dec 29, 2006, 11:37:14 PM