Using a Restricted Palette
Where I live we are still dealing with cool to cold temps, sun-rain-snow. The plants are trying to send out their spring growth but it is a slow process this year. Finally little, brilliant green leaves are showing themselves. Daily I check my plants and have been inspired by this new growth.
After sketching, it was into the studio to select a palette and begin a painting. I wanted to give warmth to the composition so I selected cadmium yellow, then an opposing color garbazole violet, which is a cool color though it is a combination of red (warm) and blue (cool). For the fresh spring shade I used chromium green oxide and titanium white for light and highlights. This was my restricted palette.
30" x 10"
I find that limiting the palette creates a visually interesting, harmonic painting. This particular work almost shimmers and gives the visual effect of the longer daylight hours or sunset in Spring.
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