Artist Palette Profiles: Maria Coryell-Martin

Maria Coryell-Martin is the artist/naturist/visionary behind the Art Toolkit, my favorite gear for painting on the go (and in general). I recently took a cloudscapes class with her through Art Toolkit, and it was wonderful!

Here is the list of colors Coryell-Martin provided in the class information. I will take this to be her typical palette. These are all Daniel Smith colors.

  1. Hansa Yellow Medium
  2. Deep Scarlet
  3. Quinacridone Rose
  4. Quinacridone Gold
  5. Raw Sienna (or Yellow Ochre)
  6. Cobalt Teal Blue
  7. Cerulean Blue Chromium
  8. Cobalt or Ultramarine Blue
  9. Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
  10. Indanthrone Blue
  11. Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  12. Sap Green
  13. Perylene Green
  14. Burnt Umber
  15. Graphite

This is an interesting list! I’m particularly fascinated by the use of both Phthalo Blues; and Deep Scarlet as a main red-orange. Graphite is also an interesting gray – very opaque and heavy, which is good for thunderclouds.

Let’s take a look at how my palette compares. Most of these are colors I have direct equivalents to in my A-team, with a few exceptions. (Brand key: DS = Daniel Smith, WN = Winsor & Newton, HO = Holbein, MI = Mijello Mission Gold, SH = Schmincke Horadam, DV = Da Vinci)

SlotMaria HasI Have
Primary YellowDS Hansa Yellow Medium (PY97)WN Winsor Yellow (PY154)
Earthy Red-OrangeDS Deep Scarlet (PR175)
Primary MagentaDS Quinacridone Rose (PV19)DV Red Rose Deep (PV19)
GoldDS Quinacridone Gold (PY150 + PO48)MI Green Gold (PY150)
Earth YellowDS Raw Sienna (PBr7)DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (PBr7)
TurquoiseDS Cobalt Teal Blue (PG50)SH Cobalt Turquoise (PG50)
Sky BlueDS Cerulean Blue Chromium (PB36)✓ DV Cerulean Blue Genuine (PB36)
Granulating Mid BlueDS Cobalt Blue (PB28)DV Cobalt Blue (PB28)
Non-Granulating Mid BlueDS Phthalo Blue Red Shade (PB15:6)n/a.
Dark BlueDS Indanthrone Blue (PB60)
Primary CyanDS Phthalo Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)Winsor Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)
Leaf GreenDS Sap Green (PG7 + PY150 + PO48)n/a.
Dark GreenDS Perylene Green (PBk31)✓ WN Perylene Green (PBk31)
Mid BrownDS Burnt Umber (PBr7)✓ DV Burnt Umber (PBr7)
GrayDS GraphiteMaimeriBlue Neutral Tint (PBk26)

So, which of my theoretically indispensible colors does Maria Coryell-Martin get along without?

  • Any kind of orange, including earth orange like Burnt Sienna or Transparent Red Oxide. If I were to paint with this palette, Transparent Red Oxide is the color I would miss the most! But Deep Scarlet gets a pretty good Burnt Sienna hue with Quin Gold.
  • Purples, like Perylene or Carbazole Violet. This is a commonly skipped color since purple is easy to mix with red-family + blue-family.

I love that Coryell-Martin has so many blues; it validates my blue-mania, I find it impossible to get along with less than four, and she has even more! Granted, this was for a cloudscapes class, so blue is crucial. One of the featured artists (not Maria) from Art Toolkit once demo’d a palette with six blues, one orange, and nothing else, and sometimes I think I could live like that.

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