And now for an intimate look at one painter’s thought process…
My working habits can be ugly. I try a color, wipe it off. Try another color, scrape it away. Try another, hmmm. Maybe. Five seconds later, yet another color joins the muddy rag heap.
What makes a color work in a painting? Forty years of painting have given me no clues. I never know until I find it. And sometimes, even then, I keep trying for a better choice. There have been particular paintings with particular spots that I have wiped and scraped and changed hundreds of times.
Yet the reality is there are no wrong colors. It’s how they fit together that is important. A small tiny bit of green or magenta or naples yellow can transform a whole canvas. You just have to be willing to try and try again until you find it.