So I'm on this kick to value-map things and I thought it'd be a good idea to value-map my palette that I tend to use. What did I learn in all this? Colors have their own values and some are surprisingly lighter or darker than you'd at first expect. I just didn't realize how much!
It really was made clear to me recently when I did a gouache painting on Vashon Island. I kept putting down colors that I swore were lighter than what I had on the paper but alas it wasn't. So I started painting daubs of all the raw hues on the opposing page to see how they compared to what was mixed down on the paper. Suffice it to say everything I was throwing down needed a lot more white. Maybe this is a property of gouache but as soon as I started adding more white values started locking into place and colors started mixing cohesively.
Adding white is not always the answer. I think I've been so cautious of my white bleaching out colors that I've geared perhaps more of my paintings to hang around the natural values of my raw colors; midtone to dark.
As you can see by the example above 90% of the colors are darker than 50%. I think this is telling and a helpful observation in perhaps planning out higher key pieces. Now that I'm comfortable with raw color I need to go back and understand tints and tones to a larger degree.
I need to recalibrate my own perceive value map.