I have tried nearly every color of acrylic paint manufactured, and my basic palette still boils down to simple primary colors with a few browns thrown in for good measure. Years ago I learned that you must always mix your own green, never use pre-mixed greens. I believe that learning to mix all values of green will make you a superior painter. It is easy to spot a novice painter because of the use of ghastly pre-mixed green. For years I included black on my palette, that is another color to avoid. I know, I know, black is not a color! Make your own blacks by mixing anything and everything. These blacks will be richer and better. Using black is a slam dunk mistake in amateur art, and very easy to spot. It creates a “dead” color, areas of paint without life.
One color that I do buy pre-mixed is violet. A truly gorgeous red doesn’t exist in acrylic. It takes a great red to make a fabulous violet, and I’ve yet to find a great red in acrylic. So, my one exception to the rule of not using pre-mixed colors is Liquitex Acra Violet which unfortunately is not made anymore and hard to find. Here is a list of my basic acrylic palette; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Naphthol Crimson, Acra Violet, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue.
Gail Niebrugge, Original paintings of Alaska