The art we create in essence is a reflection of who and what we are, what we have experienced, what we feel, what we think, what we would like to say. Several months ago I lost my beloved pet. It was a loss that I had never experienced before and it was devastating to say the least. Many a day was spent feeling such sadness. Then one day I picked up a pencil and started to draw my dog’s portrait. And from that point on the drawing became a means to express my love, my sorrow, all those feelings that had welled up inside. Upon completion of the drawing there was an internal shift and a catharsis followed. The drawing had been a way to heal. It had been a way to express everything that needed to be said and a way to honor her life.
Many of my students ask me, "what is this palette that you are teaching me?" To which I reply "a palette that my teacher's teacher's teacher developed some time ago long before you and I were born." Of course this explanation fetches some curious looks, but in truth, the palette has been handed down through the generations from teacher to student. Fortunately it was handed down to me and happily I am handing it down to a future generation of aspiring artists. At first glance, the prismatic palette appears to be of a complex nature with many colors. As shown above it proffers an array of a multitude of manufactured and premixed colors laid out in strings according to values. The top string of colors are manufactured pigments ranging from white, yellow, orange, red, blue, and black. The rest of the palette is comprised of pre-mixed colors in eight equal steps of light gray to dark gray, eight equal steps of light blue to dark blue and eight equal steps o