I have often been trying to limit my palette and found it difficult at times, no great excuses except I had for many years demonstrated for many art companies at various venues. This allowed me access to their respective colour ranges to play with. So I did, but to a degree being spoiled in this way made things rather difficult. Colour mixing becomes an issue of laziness and paintings although good, often lack some degree of harmony.
I have also often, and still do, paint on a coloured or tinted ground, I often dislike painting off of white. There is nothing wrong with it, but I love to establish my light and dark values rather early on. I therefore use the colour as a basic mid tone.
Well all that said and done, I have gone off the deep end and WOW! so glad that I have. Check out the study below.
This study is 10" x 13" oil on canvas called the 'Westerly at Hythe '
When I say I have gone off the deep end, I have seriously restricted my palette to the primaries and a white. I have restricted myself to six colours before, never three. For the first time I am having to make hard decisions as I paint, colour mixing and elaborating upon the vocabulary I am able to draw upon.
The final effect is awesome as I have achieved all that I set out to do, the harmonies run through and unite the whole image. I was going to explore gulls in the image, but have delayed that for the moment.
I do hope you like this image.