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  1. The Old Nail
    March 7, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

    Fantastic use of light and colour. I was interested to read of how many colours your palette contains!

    Do you use them all in a painting like the one here? Or do you find that you have certain ones that are invaluable, while others merely come in handy?

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  2. Dirt.
    March 7, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    it’s lovely… can’t wait to see more of these!

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  3. RUDHI-Daily
    March 7, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Masterpiece!

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  4. Chris Beck
    March 8, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    Very rich color — nice mood, too!

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  5. Jeff Hayes
    March 8, 2009 @ 7:20 am

    Hi Nail,

    Thanks – that’s a good question. The answer is definitely not. For most paintings, I’d say that approximately 50% of the colors I have on my palette end up getting used, so between 35 and 40 colors. Because it’s important to me to have everything available, I always do squeeze out all the colors I use, in exactly the same order and placement on the palette. The analogy I like is to a kitchen pantry; no cook would ever use all the ingredients in the same dish, but they do have to be easily available.

    I’ve been thinking of doing some kind of walk-through of my palette; regular posts about the colors I use, in which case I might get into this in more depth.

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  6. Jeff Hayes
    March 8, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    Thanks Dirt – they will be coming!

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  7. Jeff Hayes
    March 8, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    Thanks Rudhi – that is very kind of you!

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  8. Jeff Hayes
    March 8, 2009 @ 7:25 am

    Thanks Chris; I definitely want to start exploring some more of these darker, more somber pieces.

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  9. Amy Stewart
    March 8, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

    This is gorgeous. And I would love to hear more about your palette.

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  10. http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com
    March 8, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

    A beautiful combination of color and shape.

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  11. Barbara Pask
    March 9, 2009 @ 2:41 am

    Wow Jeff, amazing. I just can’t believe the detail you get into these small paintings. Do you prefer to paint small?

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  12. Fábio Cembranelli
    March 9, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi Jeff, I love the realistic quality you have captured. The garlic is wonderful!

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  13. Varvara Harmon - Artist and Illustrator
    March 10, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    It takes a talent to do such a great job in such a small scale!

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  14. becky joy
    March 11, 2009 @ 2:41 am

    Justin, Great color on the copper. Looks like you had a lot of fun painting this one.

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  15. becky joy
    March 11, 2009 @ 2:45 am

    Jeff, I’m sorry I typed in Justin. I don’t know what I was thinking. Obviously, I wasn’t

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  16. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:00 am

    Thank you Amy; I don’t have any distinct plans as far as posting about the palette, but sooner or later I will start.

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  17. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    Thanks On- truly appreciate that!

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  18. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:02 am

    Hi Barbara; yeah, generally I do. Maybe it’s a personality thing, I don’t really know, but in general I feel much more at home when working on an intimate painting than on a larger one.

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  19. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:02 am

    Thank you very much Fabio!

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  20. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:02 am

    Thank you Varvara!

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  21. Jeff Hayes
    March 11, 2009 @ 5:03 am

    Thanks Becky; oh don’t worry, I’ve been called MUCH worse 🙂

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