A great way to break out and discover new color combinations is to create what I call "mini primary triad abstracts," which is just a long way of saying play with warm and cool versions of red, yellow, and blue. In this example, I've painted the combos as a watercolor sampler, but of course you can create the same thing with acrylic or oil paints. I promise allowing yourself this "discovery" time will make you a stronger, more creative artist.
In my watercolor sampler example, I've painted all of colors "wet in wet" (dropping in the color) but note that you could also pour the colors for even more subtle and interesting color mixing. Here are just a few mostly primary color triads to try, but notice it's interesting to switch out a violet for a red or a burnt sienna as your yellow. You'll likely discover some new favorites along the way as I typically do!
- Rose Madder, Aureolin, Cobalt
- Perm Rose, A,C
- Perm Red Violet, A, C
- Aliz. Crimson, A, C
- Opera (bright pink), A, C
- Aliz, Crimson, Lemon, Pthalo Blue
- Cad Red Light, Indian Yellow, Cerulean
- Perm Rose, Indian Yellow, Prussian
- Perm Red Violet, Cobalt Violet, Prussian
- Magenta, A, Phtalo Blue
- Rose, Burnt Sienna, Ultra Blue
- Opera, Indian Yellow, Ultra