Small color studies help see color and light. The setup is colored paper taped to a carboard box without a top or front. The backgrounds become part of the color study. I like the process, and I like the attitude of Stern’s encouraging words. It reminds me that painting and writing and everything is practice. Trial and error. Do a 1000 and keep the best 5.
Thinking of color and placement, makes the process of much easier. It still takes time to get it right, but putting color in the right spot is easier than trying to paint a picture.
A compliment to How to See Color- is Hawthorne on Painting quotes about how to see color, it forces the painter to think about color spots and not about forms