Uncover the secrets of the Integrated Palette for a Unified, Balanced Painting.
I was fortunate to attend a seminar at our local art supply store regarding new oil paints from Windsor & Newton. Being a watercolor only person, I stood in the back with 27 oil painters. As the Columbia University Art Professor continued his presentation, he mentioned that the new paints perform very well as an Integrated Palette. When he realized that no one knew what he was talking about, he demonstrated how to build an Integrated Palette, and told us how it was developed.
If you were an aspiring artist in the 1800’s you would go to work in the local atelier for a master artist. For the first 2 years you would produce palettes for the artists that did the painting under the master’s watchful eye. These palettes consisted of paints produced onsite, using materials and binders mixed by hand to the master artist’s recipe.
The secret for the Integrated Palette is a group of colors, mixed with a single unifying “neutralizing” color, then cross mixed with each individual color blend to produce the Integrated Palette. The result is a group of colors premixed and balanced throughout the painting, unity through color and design.
This is how the Impressionists achieved the luster and depth of colors, intermixed, and subtle glowing as they appear in nature.
Here are some of the results from our Watercolor Workshop. Give it a try…you will capture some of the Impressionist methods in your work!