Total Earth Tones Color Palette - Oil Painting Essentials
Earth Tones™ Palettes give you a rational approach to color in an oil painting by providing you with a set of colors harmonious in value and saturation. These colors can be blended and used interchangeably with other oil color brands. Buy this palette and save 10%. If you buy this palette before December 31, 2022, we will include one tube of each of Oleogel and Velazquez Medium free. Your total savings are $37.40
The Total Earth Tones™ Palette gives you a rational approach to color in an oil painting by providing you with a set of harmonious colors in their value and saturation relationship. Add Vine Black (cool) and Bone Black (warm) to complete the warm and cool sequence. Extend the range of color effects by playing one tone against another and making tints with Lead White. The Total Earth Tones™ Palette includes one 50 ml tube each of the following:
|Rublev Colours Total Earth Tones™ Palette|
|Color Swatch||Color Name||Tube||Price|
|Blue Ridge Yellow Ocher is a semi-transparent golden yellow that is very fine-grained and has a buttery consistency. Our yellow ocher is a single pigment color made of natural earth from ocher deposits in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Nicosia Green Earth has a touch of turquoise that mixes with white to render beautifully cold tints. It helps make luminous, light skin with bluish shadows—rather than the warm greenish shadows of deeper-colored flesh. Nicosia’s green earth is from deposits in Cyprus.||50 ml||$17.10|
|Pozzuoli Red is a semi-transparent deep orange-red earth with warm undertones, medium-grained with good tinting strength, and brushes “long” in the brush stroke direction. Our red earth comes from quarries in Northern Italy.||
|Italian Brown Ocher is a semi-transparent brown with good tinting strength, medium-grained that makes yellow beige half-tints. Our natural earth is from quarries in northern Italy.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Cyprus Umber Medium is a semi-transparent reddish brown with good tinting strength, medium-grained, and, like most Rublev Oil Colours, brushes “long” in the direction of the brush stroke.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Italian Yellow Earth is a transparent yellow with fair tinting strength, medium-grained that makes bright yellow half tints and glazes. Our Yellow Earth is from quarries in northern Italy.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Verona Green Earth is a deep transparent green with warm undertones, medium-grained, and low tinting strength. Our Verona green earth pigment is from basaltic tufa deposits in Brentonico near Santa Cristina (Verona).||50 ml||$14.90|
|Venetian Red is a semi-transparent red with cool undertones, medium-grained, high tinting strength, and brushes “long” in the direction of the brush stroke. Our red earth comes from quarries in northern Italy.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Italian Sienna is a semi-transparent golden brown with good tinting strength, medium-grained, and, like most Rublev Oil Colours, brushes “long” in the direction of the brush stroke. Our Italian sienna is from quarries in the Siena region of Italy.||50 ml||$14.90|
|Italian Green Umber is a semi-transparent, deep greenish umber with good tinting strength, fine-grained, and brushes “long” in the direction of the brush stroke.||50 ml||$14.90|
Note: Colors swatches are shown in mass tone, straight from the tube, on the left, and mixed with an equal amount of titanium white on the right. All pictures of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, the results you get may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.
Tone, Color, and the Limited Palette
Tone is the contrast between light and shade in a painting, sometimes referred to by the Italian term chiaroscuro. It can aid picture composition, such as in the works of Vermeer; the creation of space; and communicating a sense of form, as in paintings by Leonardo. The use of tone was especially prevalent in the works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Velázquez and the schools to which they belonged.
Tone is also essential in the use of colors. Harold Speed, the British painter and author writes that it is “so intimately associated with the color that many think they are admiring color when they are admiring tone.” Muddy color is usually the ‘result of bad tone relationships.’
A limited palette of earth pigments, Earth Tones™ palettes, was specially conceived to help build tone relationships and color harmony in oil painting. Earth Tones™ palettes enable you to paint with color without losing an emphasis on tone.
The limited palette has many advantages. One advantage is that with fewer colors on the palette, it is easier to create color unity in a painting. Improving your color mixing skills is another advantage. The simplicity of a limited palette encourages experimentation and quickly builds an appreciation for the subtle nuances of every color. Philip Hammertone wrote in The Graphics Arts: “Limited palettes are the best instructors in coloring, because they teach us, far better and more effectually than a great number of pigments ever can do, the wonderful effects of a mixture.”
Speed advised learning to paint using only two colors—a warm and a cold color. “A great deal that is of vast importance with regard to colour, can be more directly learned by this means than by stumbling straight into a full palette.”
Warm colors are those hues ranging between yellow to red-violet on the chromatic circle. Cool colors are colors ranging between blue-violet and yellow-green on the color circle.
This degree of warmth or coolness exhibited by color is also called ‘color temperature.’ For example, madder lake is a cooler (leaning toward blue) red than red ocher, which is warmer (inclining toward yellow).
The interaction between colors may cause a hue such as yellow-green to appear colder if it is placed next to a warm color, such as red, or warmer if it is placed next to an excellent color, such as blue.
Contrasts of warm and cool colors, as Speed insists, is ‘the most important consideration in coloring’ upon which ‘the vitality of coloring largely depends.’
Warm-cool contrasts resulting from the juxtaposition of warm and cool colors make warm hues appear warmer and vice versa. This contrast, which helps balance color schemes, is in Earth Tones™ palettes.
Earth Tones™ palettes are built on the idea of warm and cool colors in a subdued range of green, red, and brown hues. The palettes help to make clear the contrasts of temperature within each of the colors.
Note: We may substitute colors that are out of stock or unavailable at the time of your order with similar hues of equal or greater value.
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