One of the "treats" I allowed myself in our move out west was throwing away my old paint palette. It was a tupperware lid, and I kept the container filled with an inch or so of water to keep the acrylics wet. It got pret-ty scary looking, to say the least. My new, real palette looked so pretty I just had to take a picture of it:
Which leads me to a question I often wonder about-- Which colors do you fellow illustrators lay down on your palette? For me, I work with white; 2 reds, a warm and a cool (cadmium light and alizarin); a warm and cool yellow (cadmium light and lemon); a warm and cool blue (cerulean and ultramarine); black; and Naples yellow, a very pale warm yellow, which I remember a RISD teacher telling us she often used in place of white, to keep the colors warmer. For this illustration, I also added burnt sienna and yellow ochre (on the right-hand side), which I usually keep to the under painting. But these colors got a little more play since I wanted to give the thank-you notes an old-timey feeling, like an old photograph:
... to finish!
(cropped more like this, though):