The next step in this ocean view oil painting is blocking in with a limited palette on the 16″ x 20″ canvas. When I use only a 3 or 4 color limited palette in a painting I can concentrate on the values and not so much on the color. Early on in this landscape painting it is more important to get the values correct and think about the colors later. This painting technique can also be a great way to block in the colors initially and then add more colors as you progress in the oil painting. As you can see in the image below I am trying to cover the canvas with the correct values.

 

starting oil painting using limited palette

Limited Palette Painting Technique

My limited palette oil colors are: ultramarine blue, venetian red, yellow ochre and white.ย  At this point I am trying to cover the canvas in this original oil painting of an ocean view from a pretty porch. Already I am pleased with how this painting is coming along. The limited palette gives the painting a more cohesive and pleasing feel and I am looking forward to finishing up the initial block-in of this painting. Check back to see the progress in this original oil painting.

Below is the rough sketch done in black marker of the ocean view and the pretty porch. The post can be seen at this link view the ocean studio.pjcookartist.com

marker sketch for oil painting of a porch overlooking the ocean

Limited Palette Painting Technique

My limited palette oil colors are: ultramarine blue, venetian red, yellow ochre and white.