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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Using a Limited palette

Any single hue used throughout a painting, or in mixtures of color within a painting, usually helps the painting read as harmonious. Yet overmixing can lead to dull colors. Premixed colors contain the primaries—and sometimes even secondaries and tertiaries—in their mixtures. Mixing with these colors can lead to a loss of color harmony and a muddy or garish painting.

Limiting the palette, using only 3 or 4 pigments (plus white), gives you the freedom to make colorful works that remain harmonized. In a limited palette, few colors are mixed and used in the painting without including and mixing in some of the other colors even in small amounts. All the colors work together, creating a strong sense of harmony.

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