This is a DALA created for a March Madness Challenge several years ago. I chose my color palette by playing The color Scheme Game. By throwing the 12-sided die twice, I ended up with Double Complements and chose to use Orange, yellow, blue and violet. The four hues provided me with nice, strong values of darks and lights.
Here is another example of a Dala using a Color Scheme #5: Analogous with One Complement ...
This is a Dala I created en plein air from a bench on Albert Dock in Liverpool. I sketched it first using a platinum carbon ink fountain pen and added color after returning home.
Analogous hues: red-orange; orange; yellow-orange
Complement of orange: blue (I used variations of blues without moving into the blue-greens or the blue-violets.
Pigments I used: cadmium red light; cadmium orange; aureolin; cobalt turquoise; ultramarine blue; Joe's blue (thalo)
I use reality, the scene in front of me, to create a puzzle of shapes that entertain my eye. Color became one of the great joys in my life as a painter when I stepped away from matching my paint to the reality of the scene and I simply became playful. The color scheme game helped enormously, forcing me to use hues I would not otherwise have chosen ... combinations I was forced to use and discovering I loved them.
Notice that I've used the blue to maintain the shapes of the buildings and ship parts, as well as small accents (windows and lettering) to keep the eye moving around the analogous-colored shapes. In spite of the hues being so similar, I used the color-value of each hue in it's full strength (undiluted by using too much water) to suggest form. The red-orange is my darkest value of the analogous hues, my yellow-orange is the lightest value of the analogous hues.
To keep the image from creating too much of a flat, poster appearance, I bent the rules a tiny bit and created a slightly neutralized red-orange that I diluted to a lighter value. I used this mix on the tripod, mast-like shape on the lower left and on several of the small shapes in the building on the upper right. You'll discover that even small areas of a neutralized hue can add a good dose of dimension to a painting.
Neutralizing: To neutralize a color, it doesn't have to turn into a gray or a brown. A color is neutral when it is made up of any degree of all three primary hues: yellow; red; blue. To neutralize the red-orange I added a wee, wee, wee touch of cobalt turquoise.