The Richard Schmid Color Charts

In this video I’m simply illustrating how to make the color charts as explained in the book Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. This exercise will not teach you color theory or how to see color, but it will teach you what your colors can do in terms of mixing. You will have to invest some time and materials but what you will learn makes it all well worth it.

I’m using my chosen palette of colors, of course. You need not feel that you have to use my palette. In his book Richard Schmid is using a slightly different palette. His choice of colors works for him. The colors I use work for me and they can do virtually anything I want to do in the way of mixing color for my particular expression.

My palette consists of:

Titanium white
Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Terra Rosa
Transparent Red Oxide
Raw Umber
Ivory Black
Quinacridone Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Pthalocyanine Green

By the way, if you don’t have Alla Prima you should. There is a new expanded version of the book available entitled Alla Prima II.

4 thoughts on “The Richard Schmid Color Charts”

  1. Interesting that you mix of mid to mid , a mixture with white or mixed color would not be simpler ? I paint with acrylics and still want to switch to oil your site and your tutorials are very nice, I can learn a lot. Your skin hues in your pictures are like me , may I know how you mix these colors ?

    Thanking for your wonderful online inspirations


    1. Hi. Sure, you can. Also, I recommend doing them on canvas do you can roll them up and slide them in a tube for travel.

      I just bought the glass palette. Just buy a piece of tempered glass at a glass shop and tape the edges do you don’t cut yourself.


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