I got my pallet from a great artist, Ovanes Berberian, when I signed up for his workshop. He is the BEST colorist and the pallet has served me well over the years! I purchased a plastic watercolor pallet holder (EMPTY!) and then bought these watercolors in tube form. I squirt the empty squares full of paint in the order he lists them here and let them dry overnight. This is SO much better than the little watercolor kits that have the paints already in them - some of the colors are yucky...
3.Cadmium Yellow Light
4.Cadmium Yellow Medium
6.Cadmium Red Light
7.Quinacridone Red (this it the bright red you liked, Dave)
17.Ivory or Mars Black
If there are colors you prefer over what is listed here - let me know! Have Fun!