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.
- Hansa Yellow Medium
- Deep Scarlet
- Quinacridone Rose
- Quinacridone Gold
- Raw Sienna (or Yellow Ochre)
- Cobalt Teal Blue
- Cerulean Blue Chromium
- Cobalt or Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
- Indanthrone Blue
- Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
- Sap Green
- Perylene Green
- Burnt Umber
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)
|Slot||Maria Has||I Have|
|Primary Yellow||DS Hansa Yellow Medium (PY97)||WN Winsor Yellow (PY154)|
|Earthy Red-Orange||DS Deep Scarlet (PR175)||✓|
|Primary Magenta||DS Quinacridone Rose (PV19)||✓ DV Red Rose Deep (PV19)|
|Gold||DS Quinacridone Gold (PY150 + PO48)||MI Green Gold (PY150)|
|Earth Yellow||DS Raw Sienna (PBr7)||DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (PBr7)|
|Turquoise||DS Cobalt Teal Blue (PG50)||✓ SH Cobalt Turquoise (PG50)|
|Sky Blue||DS Cerulean Blue Chromium (PB36)||✓ DV Cerulean Blue Genuine (PB36)|
|Granulating Mid Blue||DS Cobalt Blue (PB28)||✓ DV Cobalt Blue (PB28)|
|Non-Granulating Mid Blue||DS Phthalo Blue Red Shade (PB15:6)||n/a.|
|Dark Blue||DS Indanthrone Blue (PB60)||✓|
|Primary Cyan||DS Phthalo Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)||✓ Winsor Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)|
|Leaf Green||DS Sap Green (PG7 + PY150 + PO48)||n/a.|
|Dark Green||DS Perylene Green (PBk31)||✓ WN Perylene Green (PBk31)|
|Mid Brown||DS Burnt Umber (PBr7)||✓ DV Burnt Umber (PBr7)|
|Gray||DS Graphite||MaimeriBlue 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.