This entry was originally posted on Monday, January 16, 2012.

I know I said that you can choose your colors for your limited palette but I feel that there are 2 colors that are absolutely essential to any palette, especially if you are a beginner.

These colors are French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.

I also call these 2 colors US for Ultramarine, Sienna.

They are extremely universal and versatile.

You will notice that these two colors are used by many of the great watercolorists, including John Singer Sargent.

There are many reasons why I use these colors but that will be discussed later.

Leslie Lambert

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