The Zorn Palette – experimenting with a limited palette.

Anders Zorn was born in Sweden in February 1860, the Zorn palette being accredited to him. The palette consists of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and cadmium red. Although very limiting without the inclusion of a blue (black being it’s replacement) it never-the-less offers quite a good range of colours and tones. I wanted to try a limited palette so that my focus is mostly directed at mark-making and composition, and will be working further with this in my landscape work. I attempted to match my pastels to the palette and believe there is enough here to work with.

The original acrylic sketch (featured) was first worked in a bright acrylic palette before the addition of the muted tones from the Zorn palette layered over the top, process shots below.

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