Since the last post I have been very busy. I have been doing preparatory work for new paintings and a portrait commission. Before I start these new paintings I needed to do a colour study. The source material for these are black and white and so my task is to work out a simplified colour palette for translating that material into coloured work. I chose a simple colour pose that I had in my reference folders to work from. The exercise was successful as far as my task went but I continued beyond what was needed for study and it became a finished painting in its own right. It is oil on canvas and the size is 16×15″ Except for a touch of Verditer Blue in the back ground the five colours I used were raw sienna, burnt sienna, raw umber, Van Dyke brown and white. This is very simple compared to my usual palette where I use many more tubed colours. More about the palette when I post images of new work soon.