A common criticism in graduate school was that a student’s palettes were more interesting than their paintings. Well, I’d like to think that an artist’s palette is attractive, but for different reasons. Looking at a painter’s palette can offer many clues as to how the painting was created.

A significant amount of my studio time is spent mixing colors. For every eight hour painting session, at least one of those hours is completely devoted to meticulously preparing colors. I do not do much mixing on the canvas, so I must have as many colors ready ahead of time. When it comes time to apply the paint to the canvas, I’m free from interruptions and find that the actual painting comes much easier.

Below are nine palettes for the painting Striped Diamonds II.

Karen Ann Myers