I am so guilty of muddying all my colors because I just love ALL THE COLORS!
I have been controlling myself with limited palettes, but I was recently given some new watercolor tubes, and I had to try all the colors.
Checking tone will be helpful going forward for selecting palettes with good tonal range. I have been experimenting with more unrealistic color in my work and being able to discern the tone is helpful when picking which colors will represent which values.
So I was painting this mountain, going for a drippy thing. I checked the tone (and deleted the image, of course) and it looked pretty good. The sky could use some variation, and I could up the contrast on the mountains themselves.
I checked the tone again as I got closer to finishing. Much closer to what I was hoping for.
And my finished piece. The sky might be a little distracting from the mountains. I didn't plan this painting. It was just part of my color study practice.
I'll definitely be using this in my painting. It seems like it was the perfect next time to build on all the color studies I have been doing lately. Thanks for another really helpful class, Jen!