Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Whale Watcher, 10x12
Anders Zorn, the John Singer Sargeant of Sweden, used a limited palette of colors often referred to as the 'Zorn Palette'. That palette was just black, white, a yellow and a red....but, in truth, he did use more colors, just not very many. Known not only for his oils but also for his etchings and watercolors, he is a Scandinavian legend. Zorn, Sargeant, Sorolla and Mancini were powerhouse painters from the turn of the last century.
When I find my portraits slipping in color relations I'll often go back to his palette to get re-anchored, and that's what I'm doing here. I love this guys lower lip and actually reduced how much it stuck out because it looked like a mistake when painted accurately.
Try his palette. When you do, notice how you can actually get lavenders and greens out of just those pigments.