Artist Palette Profiles: Claire Giordano

I love Claire Giordano’s quick but detailed mountain landscapes and I am a proud student of her Adventure Art Academy. According to her blog, Claire’s palette has changed depending on the landscape where she paints, and I’ve seen a few iterations of it, but this is the one that’s up as of this writing.

Here are Claire’s most used colors. I think these are all or mostly DS.

  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • New Gamboge
  • Pyrrol Scarlet
  • Perylene Red
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
  • Neutral Tint

Medium used colors (PBRS and QBO are from her desert palette):

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Indian Red
  • Indanthrone Blue
  • Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
  • Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  • Schmincke White Gouache
  • Buff Titanium

Less used colors:

  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Carbazole Violet
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Teal Blue
  • Viridian
  • Perylene Green
  • Lunar Black

Here’s how I’d cobble this together from my library.

SlotClaire HasI Have
Primary YellowDS Hansa Yellow Medium (PY97)WN Winsor Yellow (PY154)
Yellow-OrangeDS New Gamboge (PY110 + PY97)HO Isoindolinone Yellow Deep (PY110)
Red-OrangeDS Pyrrol Scarlet (PR255)WN Scarlet Lake (PR188)
Middle RedDS Perylene Red (PR178)n/a
Primary Magenta/RoseDS Quin Rose (PV19) DV Red Rose Deep (PV19)
Violet-BlueDS Ultramarine Blue (PB29) HO Ultramarine Deep (PB29)
Middle BlueDS Cobalt Blue (PB28) and I got it because of Claire – she showed how wonderful and fresh and open Cobalt Blue skies can be!
Primary CyanDS Phthalo Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)WN Winsor Blue (PB15:3)
BlackDS Neutral Tint✓ MaimeriBlu Neutral Tint (PBk26)
GoldDS Quinacridone Gold (PY150 + PO48)Mission Gold – Green Gold (PY150) (aka Nickel Azo Yellow)
Earth OrangeDS Quin Burnt Orange (PO48)
Earthy Dark RedDS Indian Red (PR101)n/a … I guess Perylene Violet (PV29) is closest
Dark BlueDS Indanthrone Blue (PB60)
Non-Granulating Middle BlueDS Phthalo Blue Red Shade (PB15:6)n/a
Mixing GreenDS Phthalo Green Blue Shade (PG7) DV Phthalo Green (PG7)
White GouacheSchmincke White Gouache WN Designer’s Gouache – Titanium White
Opaque Off-WhiteDS Buff Titanium (PW6:1) DV Titan Buff (PW6:1)
Light Cool YellowDS Hansa Yellow Light (PY3)WN Winsor Lemon (PY175)
Yellow OchreDS Yellow Ochre (PY42) Holbein Yellow Ochre (PY42)
BrownDS Burnt Umber (PBr7) DV Burnt Umber (PBr7)
Earth Orange (2)DS Burnt Sienna (PBr7)DS Transparent Red Oxide (PR101)
PurpleDS Carbazole Violet (PV23) DV Da Vinci Violet (PV23)
Sky BlueDS Cerulean Blue Chromium (PB36)✓ Da Vinci Cerulean Blue Genuine (PB36)
TurquoiseDS Cobalt Teal Blue (PG50) SH Cobalt Turquoise (PG50)
ViridianDS Viridian (PG18) WN Viridian (PG18)
Perylene GreenDS Perylene Green (PBk31) WN Perylene Green (PBk31)
Lunar BlackDS Lunar Blackn/a

I love exploring the palettes of my favorite artists because it’s fascinating to me what colors keep showing up again and again, and which ones are more unusual and perhaps signature to a particular person’s style or preferences. For example, I strongly associate Cobalt skies and Carbazole mountain shadows with Claire, but it feels like everyone has Ultramarine and Quin Gold. Gradually, slowly, I think this exercise is also helping me to identify which colors are my favorites as I peek over and see which ones I want to copy and which ones I’m like, “Nah.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed another look into the palette box of an artist!

1 thought on “Artist Palette Profiles: Claire Giordano”

  1. Ooh you need some diox violet in your life, it’s such a wonderful color. I love cool purple the way you love orange though (yeah I can mix it, but I want purple at my fingertips, the richest, most beautiful, blue-violet…)


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