When it comes to my working pastel palette, no matter how large or small it may be, I lay it out as if it were a keyboard. Starting on the left with yellow and working through the color wheel to green. On the far right side, nearest to my dominant hand when the palette is positioned in front of me at the easel (my position of choice), is where I place a section of neutrals. These are grayer tones of the other color families. The top of the palette represents the lightest values through the color and chroma range and the bottom the darkest. By consistently laying out the palette in this manner, no matter which pastel palette I am using (some are brand specific), I am capable of painting any subject. It is as if I am seated at the piano and able to strike all the keys in any permutation. This provides the means to perform any piece of music or any work of art. Of course a Steinway will still sound better than a Lindner piano!
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