While I generally have a warm and cool of each primary plus white on my palette, from time-to-time a subject calls for a constraint of color choices. For example, my vision for the painting below was to create a sense of the soft, cool, atmospheric conditions we see just after sunset in November, here in Colorado. The sky is colorful but not too saturated and the overall feeling calls for values in the middle of the value range, not letting areas get too light or dark. So, starting with a red, yellow and blue, I further constrained my options by tinting each with white to get a lighter, less saturated version from which I could no longer mix a dark, dark or a highly saturated color. These three muted primaries + white then became the palette from which I painted "November Sky".
10"x8" | Oil
This painting is available for purchase here
|My muted three primaries|