This was a special project created for a gallery who offers the art of well-known painters on painting palettes of all sizes and shapes for an annual Holiday exhibition and sale.
Before deciding on a subject to paint, I shopped for the palette. I chose a standard curved wooden palette approximately 15 x 20 inches. After lightly sanding one side of the palette, a coat of gesso was applied in random fashion. This offered a toothy ground for any media to hold well.
Why did I choose this horizontal orientation? Primarily because the grip and thumb hole tend to look like a smiling fish when turned to the right. Whatever the subject painted, this "smile" could have been prominent and I did not want that to impact the painting.