Carbazole Violet PV23 from @danielsmithartistsmaterials.
Who doesn’t love carbazole violet? NOBODY doesn’t like carbazole violet! Called dioxazine violet by most other brands, PV23 is a very deep, very rich bluish purple. It’s one of two purples on my studio palette because it’s useful for so many things — any kind of naturalism, impressionism, botanical and natural history subjects, landscapes, cartooning and illustration, just frickin’ anything.
It’s such a pure saturated color that you’d think of it mostly in a bright spectrum context, to be used with blues or reds or pinks. But look at those bottom two rows, what it does to darken and subdue earth tones! You could use it for the shadows in tree bark, to show the depths of fur … I’ve used it for shadows of lush summer foliage, and with Quinacridone Burnt Orange PO48 and Ultramarine Blue PB29 for an angry stormy sky.
Many people don’t carry a purple on a limited palette because they’re so easy to mix. But I’d make a strong argument for this one, because it’s just such a great base to mix shadows and depths for ANYTHING.
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