Color Averaging

The second basic technique of simplification is average it out. This can apply to many different aspects of painting, including line, but is most often thought of in terms of averaging out color and/or value.

The most difficult stage of a painting is usually the beginning. It is difficult to mix the first color mixtures correctly; the white of your canvas gives the illusion that your color mixtures are darker than they actually are. To help get around this problem as soon as possible, try covering the whole canvas with large shapes of averaged colors...