Originally Posted by Journeyman
Ok itís possible to reduce things to absurdity and mix inappropriate colours but within the realm of practical colour mixing what you lay out is not as important as what you do with it when you apply it to the canvas.
But before you start splashing the paint you need to decide what the finished work is going to look like, you have to visualise. Colour-temperature relationships will help you with that. If you canít make that visualisation then you will struggle.
It would be hard to get two more different palettes but the result is very much the same, illustrating my point that the paint you chose to lay out on your palette within sensible boundaries is irrelevant.
Ah, but, here is my point exactly. To arrive at paint choices within those "sensible boundaries" requires a considerable knowledge of the properties of those paints. You may reached the point where this knowledge is instinctual to you, but it is none the less there.
There is a very significant difference between "paint choices are irrelevant" and "paint choices within sensible boundaries
are irrelevant". Don't believe me, have your surgeon tell you that where he makes his initial incision is irrelevant.