Yesterday I experimented a little with the Zorn palette. I did some mixing on my palette to discover some of the various hues that can be created. The palette
There are some lovely shades of pink, oranges and peaches in there. The purples are not looking too bad either but I could not make any greens.
Zorn palette landscape study
10x15cm (4"x6") oil on gessoed panel
I did this small practice painting to test some of the colours I could make. This time I did manage to get a sort of green that leant towards the yellow ochre.
The surface was too small for this, so I need to repeat this exercise on a larger panel. Compare this painting with a similar scene using my normal colours
Meandering Path, Landscape painting
15x15cm (6"x6") oil on canvas panel
Palette knife on a multi-coloured ground To purchase this painting CLICK HERE
The Zorn palette is much more subdued and would be good for autumn scenes, sunrises and sunsets. I can see that by adding an additional accent colour some nice mood paintings are possible.
I am looking forward to this Saturdays webinar to discover more about painting with this palette.
I am participating in an on-line webinar run by Ken Vloothuis over 4 Saturday evenings. It is all about using the Zorn palette to become familiar with values.
St Marks Square WIP, 40x50cm (16"x20") oil on canvas
Last Saturday's subject was St Marks Basilica. The building was loosely painted with the focus on the activity in front of the church i.e. the people.
It was an interesting exercise and my first time of
painting a complicated building and
putting people into a painting
using black as a major colour
The palette The Zorn palette uses only two colours
cadmium red and
yellow ochre pale
plus ivory black and titanium white.
Those of you who know my paintings
will realise this is a far cry from the colours I normally use.
I do find the ivory black very dull and flat, but this may be because of the brand of paint. It was a last minute decision to join in and I did not have any black in my arsenal of oil paints. So I had to make do with the only one I could find in the local shops and this was a Pebeo, I am ordering some Winsor and Newton paint to see if that makes a difference.
Zorn Palette colour chart
After starting the painting, I researched the Zorn palette and found some interesting colour charts see Here which give me hope that I may be able to get to grips with the palette.
I am not sure I like the Zorn palette,
the colours are limiting although I believe that additional accent
colours will be used in the other sessions. I can see that it might improve my understanding of values versus colour. It is always good to jump out of one's comfort zone and learn something new.
I shall keep you posted on how I progress with using this palette.
I have been participating in on-line landscape tutorials hosted by landscape painter Johannes Vloothuis for some time now. I feel more confident in my landscapes due to his webinars and can look at some of my older paintings with more critical eye. As an exercise I have decided to rework one of my old pastel painting 'Calm at the Lake'.
Calm at the lake,
Pastel on sanded card
I liked this when I first painted this and still do to a certain extent, but I can now find several landscape errors. The painting is on good quality sanded paper so I will scrape off some of the pastel and overpaint.
Things I like about the painting
Colour combination - the purples set of the greens very nicely
Items to fix After studying the painting these are some of the things I want to change.
The sky should be the lightest area in the painting. This sky is light but I feel it is not light enough.
The mass of the mountain is too dark and does not recede enough. It needs to be blended in some places to soften the edges. I will also think about breaking up the mass to give another plane.
This line of background trees is too monotonous and needs to vary in shapes and colour.
Two cloned lollipop trees - need I say more!
The bank needs to be more melodic and not quite so straight lineish (newly invented word)
The reeds block the entry into the painting and are too detailed for the foreground.
Another lollipop tree - I will also move this tree over to the edge and only paint 3/4 of it to add some interest.
These are the things I see at the moment. As I continue with the painting I may notice/change other things.
I will post the progress tomorrow.