I think the Zorn Palette may be my quilter's knot for Studio Journeys. This is such a simple, elegant palette that I'm surprised I never heard of it before. It is the palette used by 19th century Swiss painter, Anders Zorn and consists of only 2 colors and black and white. But what a gorgeous range of blends come from those colors! He used yellow ochre and cadmium red, then Mars black in place of any blue, and white. I didn't have any Mars black so substituted Carbon black. I'm not sure if that makes much of a difference or not. I'd like to try different blacks to find out.
Below is the palette in my sketchbook, with several values of each blend. The squiggles are little samples of the yellow, red, and black mixed together in different proportions. I then did a 12"x12" painting using this palette. It has been so interesting to see these posted on our Facebook group because depending on the emphasis, you can get an entirely different look, from earthy to more vibrant.
I have really been enjoying these studies in limited palettes. It feels good to squeeze out only a few paints and know they will not be wasted. And the simplicity allows me to pay more attention to value. I'll be revisiting this palette quite often!