John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik: Limited Palette, Unlimited Color Soft Cover Book


 The heart of this book features 46 paintings divided into seven major divisions of the color wheel: Complements, Equilateral Triads, Isosceles Triads, Square Quadratics, Rectangular Quadratics, Extended Analogous, and Primary Dominant. Each painting was created using the same three primary colors, plus white. In addition, the subject, composition, and basic value structure of the paintings are the same, the only thing that changes is the color scheme. This is what makes this workbook special and unique. The book comes with a clear palette so you can mix colors right over those shown in the book. This is like a gourmet cookbook for paint artists who wish to expand their world of color.


The 96-page spiral bound workbook is just that, it is a workbook designed to be used in the studio, not to be read once and put on a shelf. It teaches not only the benefits of using a simple three-primary color palette, but also:

  • The structure and divisions of the color wheel
  • How to mix color and create your own color wheels
  • How to select the appropriate colors for your palette
  • How to mix beautiful, clean color every time
  • How to achieve color harmony…and much, much more

Practice color mixing on a piece of clear acetate laid directly on a selected image. Acetate is included with the book.

Included with each book are Projects specifically designed to reinforce what is taught. It will be a powerful learning experience.

 Click here to view the John Pototschnik book clip from PACE 2019


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Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
Mary Podnos
Limited palette

Great book if you want to explore the use of limited pallets

Annie McCoy
Best color book out there!

I have 2 copies of this book, and I will be buying about 20 more. I have formulated a 4 day workshop on color using John's book as a basis. I will give the book to participants, and hopefully, help them get started on the marvelous journey. I encourage EVERY artist to get a copy, read it, re-read it, then work through the exercises. You can't go wrong!


Fabulous. I’ve learned a lot. Easy to understand and follow.

J art

Thanks for the great book, excellent quality and includes all the colour studies I loved that John did in the different compliments- I like to be able to see quickly what picture mood uses what colours, and other great info for beginners and the experienced.

Bonnie Varvel
I wish I had started this years ago

So much work that he had shared trying to make it simple for us.