I recently took an online class, by Jodi Ohl, called "Funky Little City Scapes." It was great fun and well suited me as it builds your piece layer by layer and that's how I like to work a lot. Jodi's work is vibrant and appeals to me a lot, in fact, I have two of her paintings that I got from her at Art Is You in Stamford, CT, but I digress.
For some reason, I had the urge to use colors that I see every day on my walks with Fergus the Wonder Scottie. Normally, that would be fine, but this time of year, mid-winter, it's not exactly the most colorful uplifting palette I've ever seen. But, I decided to follow the fickle muse of painting by collecting about 4 leaves and a blue-gray granite rock that is common here. I took note of tree trunk, sky, grass and even the road colors.
Once home and looking at my collection, I selected three main colors to start with...a light gray, a light bluish gray and a brown...all craft paints. Then I remembered something I learned somewhere (and sorry I can't credit where) about using primary colors to with a few other colors to create your entire painting. I was amazed at the colors I could obtain with very little of the primaries added and they all worked together as the base colors were a common "theme."
The first three were my starting point and the next three were what I used to do the majority of the painting. That green gold by Golden (the bottom facing out) was used very sparingly on the trees. Black and white paint were used to broaden the palette by additions to the mixes too.
After blocking in the houses, adding sheer layers of color, then black and white dip pen details, I finished.
These colors were way outside my usual but they felt "right" right now and I found I could work with something different and still like it. I added snow to the picture which is also very uncharacteristic of me, but it didn't make me feel cold or like I wanted to crawl in a cave somewhere! In fact, I think I could look at this one all year and not have a problem with it. Go figure.