Working with a simple colour palette

Whenever I start a new painting I always use a complementary colour palette (i.e opposite colours on the colour wheel), specifically reds and greens. I find there is a tremendous range of colour to be found in such a simple palette.

I built on this technique while teaching, as I wanted to give my students a simple approach to creating a portrait.

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Stephen Gardner moved to New York in 1989 from the UK. He has painted over 250 book covers for major publishing houses, and continues to work as both an illustrator and a professor.