Sally Kindberg looks at painting palettes

I’m currently a RLF Writing Fellow at City & Guilds Art School, and when not seeing students or getting on with my own work, it’s good to have a brief walk through the studios. If there are no students about – they’re probably in a lecture or having a crit somewhere – they sometimes leave these mysterious clues behind, looking as if they’ve been suddenly discarded, and full of painterly possibilities.

My own mixing palette is made of white ceramic, generally washed clean of its watercolour ink stains, but pinned over my work desk is this palette shaped postcard, sent from Venice in the 1980s.

Just found a notebook page from 2015, at an exhibition visit to Turner Contemporary in Margate, which had Turner’s palette and paintbox on display.  Note the handy addition of morphia in his paint tray.


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