36x36 pastel and watercolor on marble dust gator board
Color harmony is what it is all about, isn't it?. Pre-selecting the palette helps because when you pre-select you are consciously checking the relationships of all those beautiful little pastels or pools of paint. But, it's hard to predict which colors are necessary to make the light. This explains why I must admit to "dipping." Dipping is when I stray from my color selections and visit the full monty (over 2000 pastels) of my drawers. It can also be done by mixing new colors, not in the "plan." Those things happen all the time because, as artists, our true master is the painting, so we only answer it it.
In this painting I strayed, then I needed to return to checking the shadows and lights throughout the painting and make certain they are appropriately warm and cool. My light in this one is warm, so the shadows are cool...but with warmth. Therefore I can't use blue without warming it up with red..or yellow. At one point I had blue in and it had a neon like vibration-yipes and yuck.
A golden orange is my dominant hue and all else bows to it...note all the neutrals. While I have placed greens they have been greyed or it creates a kind of chaos.
What's funny about creating color harmony is it's not what you think.....you look and look and the colors it takes to make come from hard work.
Sorry for the bad jpeg..tilt the screen and it gets a little better. :-l Computer nightmares recently...lost my photoshop 7, lost my website..... long story...new computer on order.