This is a color chart of all the color combinations on my palette used to create realistic leaves.   It is  very important as an artist to know your pigments. I always tell my students to create a chart of all the colors they own, and all the possible combination of colors as well.   In my own case, I have a strong interest in floral painting and so I am always studying pigments. 

Keep your  color palette tight---In other words, don't have an excess of tubes of paint.  I once had a student who brought a huge shopping bag filled with over a hundred different paint tubes into class. Well needless to say, she was confused and overwhelmed by the choices!     Buy artist grade paints--- it is a savings not a luxury.   You will use more of the cheap paints to get create color.   Here is my latest color chart:


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