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Definition a flat board or tray artists use to mix paints and to hold them as they paint

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the range of colors characteristic of a particular artist, painting, or school of art
  • mixes rich colors on her palette
  • Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • palette = range of colors
  • Fentolin was sitting before the open window, an easel in front of him, a palette in his left hand, painting with deft, swift touches.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Vanished Messenger
  • He gave a gasp of relief when he beheld me, full of life, with my palette on my thumb, gazing fondly on my new canvas.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  A Rogue's Life
  • What palette is rich enough in colors to reproduce so magnificent a spectacle?
    Verne, Jules  --  Round The Moon
  • The artist stared a moment, gave a little pout, shrugged her shoulders, put down her palette and brushes, and stood rubbing her hands.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • He hums as he mixes colors on his palette.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Using my palette knife and my odorless turp, I will thicken the paint on my palette.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • But painted in weather-colors now With brushes dipped in nature's palette.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And still I wonder: can even an artist's palette capture the full range of what you mean to me?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She reaches for a palette of eyeshadows, blends a couple of colors together, then picks up a brush.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • She laid down her palette and went into the bathroom to wash.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • His face under the orange spray tan was red, giving him a radioactive palette.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And now I saw him at a distance, eyes intent, the palette in his hand, the huge canvas obscuring the arm that moved.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The rectangle was the palette, with places for black and red ink.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • With his hands pushed into the pockets of a gray overcoat, Spencer circled the track on foot, moving by a palette of colorful barns and turning leaves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • "It isn't a mere pleasure trip to me, girls," she said impressively, as she scraped her best palette.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He took his palette and began to work.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • My Aunt Georgiana regarded them as though they had been so many daubs of tube-paint on a palette.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • Iona clasped her hands together as the defiant palette glowed.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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