I made this palette for a student interested in starting landscape painting and thought it was worth sharing with everyone. This selection of pigments will allow you to mix pretty much any colour necessary when painting landscapes. I have explained how to achieve a low chroma and high chroma version of each colour either with pigment straight from the tube or through simple mixtures of two to three colours.

 

Colours

 

  • Titanium White

 

 

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium

 

 

  • Yellow Ochre

 

 

  • Raw Umber

 

 

  • Venetian Red

 

 

  • Burnt Umber

 

 

  • Prussian Blue

 

 

  • Ivory Black

 

 

How to start mixing from this palette

  • Mix Cadmium Yellow and Prussian Blue for high chroma greens
  • Mix Yellow Ochre and Ivory Black for low chroma greens

 

  • Mix Titanium White and Ivory Black for low chroma blues
  • Mix Titanium White and Prussian Blue for high chroma blues

 

  • Mix Cadmium Yellow and Venetian Red for high chroma oranges
  • Mix Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber for low chroma oranges

 

  • Mix Venetian Red and Prussian Blue for high chroma purples
  • Mix Ivory Black, Venetian Red and Titanium White for low chroma purples

 

  • Use straight burnt umber for warm red mid-shadows
  • Use straight burnt umber for warm yellow mid-shadows

 

  • Mix Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue for high chroma shadows
  • Use straight Ivory Black for low chroma shadows

 

Conclusion

There are infinite possible mixtures but this should get you started. I recommend doing small trial swatches on a blank piece of canvas to see how these mixtures work, as different pigments have very different tinting strengths (Prussian Blue is very strong for example) so you need to get used to what quantities to mix in order to reach the desired colour.