Color is everything. Or is it? Most of us are drawn to pastels because of the wonderful array of colors. They are all there in front of us. We don't have to mix them to see the possibilities. We want them all and we never have enough. But color can also be our downfall. You've heard it before:
Color gets the Glory but Value does the work.
If we don't get the values correct then all the colors in your box will not make the painting better. In fact the more colors we add to try to fix the painting the more we risk making mud. Value studies are good. Value block- ins are helpful. Lots of practice seeing value is important. I have a great exercise to try. Why not try limiting your palette?
I love painting with ONE COLOR....a Monochromatic color scheme. I pick a color and allow myself to use a full value range of that color. I give myself permission to use both warm and cool versions of my color. This gives me quite a few choices.
In this video I chose purple for my color. I wanted to paint a subject that isn't usually all purple. Didi it work? Click on the link video to watch!