Limited Palette, Winter Prairie painting by Everglades Artist JoAnn Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 11x14
Colors all have value, and it's important to know where the colors you use fall on a value scale. Every now and then I'll use a limited palette, and find that it helps sharpen my value observation.
Winter Prairie, today's Everglades painting, was done with a limited palette of Liquitex acrylic colors Indanthrene Blue, Quinacridone Crimson, Naples Yellow, and Transparent Burnt Sienna and Titanimum White. And to tell all, in the end I used a there's a touch of Pyrole Orange in the trunks of the palms. The blues needed that little punch of orange for contrast, and the Naples Yellow was too grey to do it.
With only a few color choices, it's less easy to get distracted or seduced by the color, and easier to make the right value choices. It's always a surprise that the paintings end up as colorful as ever but the values seem to fall into place more easily.
I'll be teaching a class in Color Confidence at the Art League of Marco Island and you can sign up online now. We'll have a good time!