My color choices are influenced by the seasons and the subject matter.
I seem to get hooked on a palette or a specific color for a few months and work with it until it plays out then I organically shift to another area of the spectrum until I fancy returning to it. I've been obsessed with the Cobalt blue hue pigment lately from (my favorite paint company) Holbein Paints.
Colbalt is a saturated hue with a wide range of depth. It stretches from its darkest shade - a blackish-indigo to a pale, bright blue tint. It feels at home in the sky, the water and the mountain shadows of these new Winter alpine paintings.
The Cobalt blue hue started to appear in my paintings with the Solar Harvest artwork (pictured bottom right). I used it in the "night to dawn" sequence as a gradient from dark (midnight) to light (4am). I picked the Cobalt palette up again in late summer (2015) to work on a series of paintings inspired by my Colorado winter alpine environment and a past mid-winter trip to Iceland. (pictured above are details of those works). The blue's versatility in creating mood variations and infinite depth in space was perfect for the surreal quality of these new landscape paintings.
Photos of Iceland