What's the Buzz- Grey Palettes

Find out why so many people are making the switch

Many artists have found a fairly new product on the market and are going crazy for it. Grey Palettes have technically been around for the longest time, but are just resurfacing in popularity. Painters in very olden times used to put their paint on slabs of marble because the grey color of the marble didn't reflect light off of it distorting the image of the color like a white or wooden palette would. Grey palettes offer a toned, neutral background that lets the artist see the colors as they will appear on their paintings. Compared to a white palette, the way a color appears on a stark white is extremely different from how it appears on a tonal painting. White palettes reflect light and create shadows , thereby altering the appearance of the actual color of the paint. Now, two grey palettes have been growing in popularity and artists have been making lots of noise about the Mijello TruColor Neutral Grey Palette and the disposable Grey Matters Paper Palette.

Mijello TruColor Neutral Grey Palette

Fredi Weber, Ellipse and Artelier style Grey Palettes from Mijello

The Mijello TruColor Neutral Grey Palette is a neutral, middle grey toned palette that is sturdy and ideal for mixing colors while providing lots of compartments to keep your colors pure. It has a large mixing area that is solvent resistant so you can mix oil paints with turpentine or mineral spirits without worrying about damaging the palette itself. It is also available in three different ergonomic shapes (the Artelier Airtight Palette even comes with a paint preserving lid). Now lets see why artists love it so much and see what the buzz is all about:

"The gray color of this palette makes it so easy to judge the color of your paint before you apply it to canvas, many wells to keep paint separate, and more than adequate mixing area. I am very excited about this Palette."-billean01

"The Palette ad tells it like it is. The gray color of the palette gives the true color of the oil paint. The color seen on the palette is the the color that goes on the canvas. The seal allows you to use your oils for about a week, longer if placed in the freezer. Cleanup is a breeze."- Kitty the Artist

"A gray palette was recommended by an instructor so this is the first time I tried it. This particular palette was good for traveling, light, easy to clean and best of all, the lid kept the oil paints fresh overnight."- Squeak

"I just ordered a second Artelier Grey Palette. The acrylic and oil paints stay fresh at least two weeks. Mixing on gray palettes gives the true color on the canvas. No longer any need to throw away dried paints. Saves time for set up to paint. The Palette cleans up easily with no staining. I highly recommend the Artelier Grey Palette."- Painter Ann

Grey Matters paper Palette

This grey palette is slightly different than the Mijello. This Grey Matters Paper Palette offers 50 disposable pages for holding and mixing your paint until you're finished with your masterpiece. Then when you finish, throw that sheet away! No clean up whatsoever. It even includes a mixing reference guide for your colors so that you can mix them properly without any color distortion from the palette. Now, lets see what real artists have to say about it:

"Super Convenient. Quality product at a very reasonable price. Keeps things from getting messy. Great for classes or Plein Air."- Anonymous

"My art teacher recommended this palette paper. The grey color provides ease in mixing, and blending of oil colors. Love it"- Sandee

"The grey color is perfect for color mixing and allows true colors. This is so much better than the traditional white paper palettes. I encourage all my students to use this product."- Life of a Daily Painter

Grey Palettes are definitely stirring up quite the buzz! Also, keep your eyes open for the SoHo Grey Toned Disposable Paper Palettes, a great value for students and painters of all skill levels. We played around with it this week here in the office, and our painters here have had quite the field day mixing colors and seeing the colors exactly as they look hitting the canvas. 

Remember, keep sending us your opinions on our products and you might just find yourself up here on the next edition of What's the Buzz!


Artist Spotlight with Charlie Spear and Charvin Oil Colors Review

Charlie Spear only uses Charvin Oils in his Fine Art Painting

Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The Era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his eclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art more recently. Exploring the art media's physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism



Memories of Canyon Road (Santa Fe) 16x20 on Masonite Panel Using Charvin Oils


His work is a reflection of familiar events in a life among those six individuals who connect him to the larger human population. His imprinting from childhood via the funnies, hero/heroine- comic books and "good against evil" cartoon movies are mostly the visual underpinnings of his work.

His recent art has moved towards graphic imagery reminiscent of 1950-60 comics. His landscapes are quiet and solitary. Humor and satire are evident in his paints in which people are the subject. 


Spring Eel Marsh 16x20 on Masonite Panel with Charvin Paints


Charvin- "I would not use any other paints."

"I started using Charvin oil paints about 6 months ago. It is not an understatement to say I would not use any other paints.

I have used Matisse, Winsor Newton, Winton, Liquitex and a few others. Charvin has a consistency that I really like and strong pigmentation. I can glaze with it or use it alla prima impasto. The Best!"

-Charlie Spear



Charvin Oil Colors are made without compromise from some of the oldest continually used paint recipes, utilizing some of the oldest continually used paint recipes, utilizing only the finest in select pigments and a blend of linseed and non-yellowing poppy oil. Pigments are triple-milled and combined to forma  natural progression of colors perfect for any artists' needs- a wide range that allows for use in both traditional techniques and modern expression, and is especially ideal for plein air painting as the shades closely duplicate the brilliance of and freshness of color from the world around. Highly concentrated Charvin Oil Colors can be used straight from the tube: ever consistent, clean and beautiful- and less time spend fussing with color means more time spent on the creative process!

For more information on Charlie Spear, check out or purchase his art:





Happy Birthday Michelangelo!

Today we celebrate a great Artist!

If he were alive today, he would have been 539 years old, but Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni has already completed more in his lifetime than many of us can dream to. Michelangelo was renowned as an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, engineer and poet during the High Renaissance. He is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. 

Michelangelo lived from March 6, 1475-February 18, 1564 and died at the age of 88. He's renowned for being one of the top artists of the High Renaissance. He was a true Renaissance man as his great works range from sculpture to painting to poetry and even architecture. His famous works include the sculpture of David, Pieta, the painting of Madonna with Child, The Last Judgment and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. He fancied himself a sculptor and had a lower opinion of painting despite painting two very famous frescos: The Last Judgment and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. 

His Finest Works:


The Statue of David


Madonna and Child




The Last Judgment


The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


Which work of art by Michelangelo is your favorite? What are you doing to celebrate his birthday? Create your own masterpieces in his style with the best supplies from Jerry's Artarama.

For more fun and interesting information on Michelangelo, be sure to check out Did You Know- Michelangelo


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