The last bit of winterPosted: March 27, 2016
It just occurred to me that maybe my lost suitcase is not sitting in an airport somewhere. What if, instead, it went home with someone else who is now painting with my palette and paints? With that in mind, I am attempting to take “the glass is half full” approach. I look at this as an opportunity to get acquainted with some of the pigments I may have purchased in the past but never used. You know, the ones that sit in the back of the drawer? Today I selected a primary triad of Ultramarine Light, Winsor Red and Hansa Yellow Light. This is close to another triad I use quite often, with the exception of the red, which is much brighter and warmer than the Permanent Alizarin Crimson I often paint with.
Painting with a limited palette really allows you to get to know your colours. Since I usually start by painting the sky, I was curious about what type of neutral I could obtain by mixing the three pigments together. As you can see, it’s a warm grey that sets the tone for the rest of the painting. From there I painted the row of buildings, choosing to use mostly purples, in contrast to a foreground that I knew would be predominantly warm. You can be certain that by working with a limited palette, even if all else fails, your painting will have a unity of colour.