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I wrote in an earlier post about tuning colors. A little more on my approach to color: I was looking at a book of Richard Diebenkorn and thinking about the way his day-to-day environments affected his color palettes—like others such as O'Keefe, Monet, etc. And, I considered the way Rothko and Francis chose colors for their emotional and symbolic merits.
Those motivations come into play in my own choices, but less so than opportunistic improvisation. I often see something, as I'm working, that reminds me of a certain natural palette or strikes an emotional chord—and I run with it.