Zorn palette grid in Juliette Aristides’ book

This is fun! Nine years ago I painted this color grid for a blog on the Zorn palette. Its now in a book by Juliette Aristides. An artist and teacher I respect very much.


In 2009 I posted Learning the magic of the Zorn palette. Its an exercise for learning the amazing versatility of the four-color palette used by Andres Zorn. The post quickly became the favorite resource for students and other limited-palette enthusiasts.

I met Juliette when I was the director of The Representational Art Conference – TRAC2014. She was the closing keynote speaker for the conference. I had known of Juliette for years. Her sensitive and accomplished artwork, her books, and her leadership in the atelier movement, had earned her a near rock star status among our peers. Mutual friends spoke very highly of her as a fantastic human being. And they were absolutely right. Her TRAC2014 speech, The Enduring Value of Art was a beautiful testimony for the cross-cultural power and value of art. It was the perfect ending to and memorable conference. Of course, when Juliette asked to use the grid in her new book, Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier, I was thrilled.


Juliette is the director of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is the co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative, which works to bring skill-based art instruction into public education. (I learned from co-founder and president of the DaVinci Initiative, Mandy Theis Helenius, that the initiative was born from her experience at TRAC.)


Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier is rich in content and deep in knowledge. Her instructions are clear, beautifully illustrated and inspirational. What makes Lessons in Classical Painting stands out is that her personal, introspect views about art that shine in every lesson. Juliette Aristides is a gifted artist whose quiet passion makes her an extraordinary teacher. I believe Lessons in Classical Painting is an essential part of the any serious representational artist’s bookshelf.

I am sure you will see why I am thrilled and honored to be a small part of her book.


Great books for your studio

 By Juliette Aristides

Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier
A companion volume to Lessons in Classical Drawing and an atelier in book form, Lessons in Classical Painting breaks down the foundational skills and techniques of painting in a format that is accessible and manageable for all readers.

Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier.
In this elegant and inspiring primer, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; introduces time-tested principles and techniques that are easily accessible; and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings.

The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) proceedings

The Real Snake: Proceedings of TRAC2012
The Real Snake is a fascinating record of 14 presentations made by academics and artists at TRAC2012, a groundbreaking event founded by artists Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams, who recognized that there had been a neglect of critical appreciation of representational art well out of proportion to its quality and significance.
210 pages

Kitsch & Beauty: The Proceedings of TRAC2014
Kitsch & Beauty is a record of 21 speeches and presentations made at The Representational Art Conference 2014 (TRAC2014). Roger Scruton and Juliette Aristides gave keynote addresses, and the artist Odd Nerdrum came from his home near Paris to join in a public conversation with Dr. Scruton.
272 pages

As It Is: The Proceedings of TRAC2015
As It Is is the record of 21 presentations given at TRAC2015. The international nature of the conference was expressed by speakers who traveled from location in Russe1a, Australia, Taiwan, England, China, Saudi Arabia and from off over the United States. They discussed the philosophy of representational art with the intention of building up our understanding of what it is that we do, not to destroy it.
314 pages

1 thoughts on “Zorn palette grid in Juliette Aristides’ book

  1. Gihan Zohdy says:

    Totally agree with all you state about Juliette Aristides. I’m on her online Atelier program that is hosted on the Terraccotta platform and it is one of the best investments I’ve ever done. Juliette is a great artist and teacher, is a wonderful person and her books are on a par. Cannot recommend them enough, her two books on classical art are of gem quality and should be a sourse of knowledge and pride to every one who owns a copy.

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