No limited palette on this one…

work-in-progress continued

work-in-progress continued

This is moving along, I have mapped in some of the local color and noticed that I am straying quite a bit from my usual limited palette. First, a good thing to note is that the color harmony of this still life is very strong to begin with–if you start out with good color harmony in real life, maintaining that harmony should be relatively easy as you put paint to canvas. Second, the next time you are unsure about what you are putting on your canvas, look at your palette. If it looks muddy on the palette, it will look muddy on canvas–conversely, if it looks vibrant and strong on the palette, it will look that way on canvas. Try to place your colors next to one another instead of allowing them to mix on the canvas–mix on the palette, then place the color on the canvas.

Below is a photo of the palette I have used on this: cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, naphthol crimson, dioxazine violet, cerulean, sap green, pthalo green, titanium white, burnt sienna–a HUGE departure from my usual 5 colors. This is partially because of the subject and partially because I am working in acrylic as opposed to oils.

a highly unlimited (and unusual) palette

a highly unlimited (and unusual) palette

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