Mastering Portraits | Creating a Palette

Feb 19 / Savannah Davis
Liz Harris Palette Recommendations

Through her skillful manipulation of color, Liz Harris breathes life into her portraits, infusing them with a sense of vitality and presence that captivates the viewer's imagination. 
As a key member of the Portrait Society of America, Liz Harris not only contributes to the rich tapestry of contemporary portraiture but also finds herself inspired and enriched by the vibrant community of artists that the society represents. In this collaborative and supportive environment, she continues to push the boundaries of her art, striving for excellence and innovation in every brushstroke.
Enjoy this insider interview for her tips on building a winning palette.

Things to consider:

My biggest problem was too much chroma. I just couldn't get a handle on it on each area of the face. I had a mentor in the beginning who helped. Then, I studied countless artists and books looking for solutions once I wasn't able to continue to study with him.

Be humble and willing to be taught. Keep the mind open and paint as often as you can from life.

When choosing colors for your palette, ask yourself:
What do you personally like? Do you like saturated portraits? Warm? Cool? Traditional? Pick accordingly.

Essential Reds

There are three reds I love right now. They are Cadmium Red, permanent Alizarin crimson and Transparent Oxide Red. Sometimes I just use one or the other but its usually one of those three.
Accessory Medium

Solvent-Free Gel

I always have a tube of Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel on hand. It really moves the paint once its sticky and dries quickly.

Oil Paint Brands

I have a handful of brands that I use regularly. They include Vasari, Michael Harding, Blue Ridge and Gamblin. They just seem to be more buttery and have the clarity of colors that I like.
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