My watercolor wash (More: No Power) was the first stage in an experiment I performed in my mind’s eye (not exactly a Gedanken experiment ala Einstein). The idea was to float a neutral color on top of a colored field and set up a dissonance between foreground and background. Hans Hofmann’s paintings were chock full of ‘push and pull‘ visual elements.
The result of my ‘neutral’ brown (Terra Rosa, precisely) was disappointing.
I should have done extensive testing with color strips, juxtaposing all combinations of colors, taking advantage of the age-old knowledge that the color red projects toward the foreground and the color blue recedes into the background.
No more color theory Gedanken experiments without testing.