I'm beginning to think using a palette with just a few colors is a great idea, and I'm using one on The Chair, making adjustments as I go. The colors are: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Deep, Indian Yellow (Rembrandt—looks, unfortunately, like they don't make it anymore), Winsor Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre Light, plus Titanium White. (I'm using the Indian Yellow because it's one of the base colors in the background, which I painted weeks ago.) It does seem possible to mix the colors I need for any painting with just a few of the primary colors, and the painting will be more unified in the end.
Yesterday I looked at a list of colors in a limited palette that included a cool grey, which might be a good idea for me to try. I think it might knock back some of the intensity of the hues.
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