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The Tres Amigos Challenge
posted by Suzanne Gysin on Saturday Oct 17, 2015
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This week's challenge is to limit your palette to three colors. Why should you try this? Because you will get to know these three colors very well, which makes them predictable, and your painting will be harmonious. The more colors you have on your palette the more combinations you will have. For example, a seven color palette has an overwhelming 5,040 combinations. A three color palette has only 6. Things become predictable when dealing with 6 - with 5,040 who knows what will happen. The second reason to do this is to get a harmonious painting. Since all the things in a realistic painting are in the same atmosphere, the colors in the sky/light are usually reflected in the objects. Using the same three colors in all areas assures consistency. The three will become your Tres Amigos, loyal, predictable, and living in peaceful harmony. I suggest you use the primaries: red, blue, and yellow. (Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, and Cobalt Blue for example). For Oil and Acrylic you'll also need white, with watercolor the white of the paper will do.
Good luck, and I can't wait to see your beautiful harmonious paintings.

And if you have any ideas for future challenges, please let Carol know! (me@carolmarine.com) Thanks!

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