In the past I have used a fairly large palette of colors outdoors. However, reading this profound statement from Dow has caused me to rethink some of my ideas. So I have been limiting myself further for the sake of appreciation. You might say reducing the infinity of relations a bit. So here is what I have been working with lately - the primaries, cad red light, ultramarine blue and cad yellow light, plus yellow ochre. Of course you can paint with the 3 primaries but the yellow ochre just make me happier and gives me a quicker flexibility. The mixed pile on the left are the 3 primaries mixed about equally plus titanium white. The pile at the right are those primaries plus yellow ochre and white – Lovely!
Here is a small quickie out back 8 x 6.5. It was a warm cloudy misty afternoon and as I painted this location the sun began to peak through the overcast which added drama to the scene.
Here you can catch the mood; as you can see I used up all my blue and yellow ochre. I didn’t really have much to start. The cad red light goes a long way.
And here is one from out back of an old play house next to a wonderful Beech Tree. The light on this day was similar, overcast giving way to near sunset light.