I start with drawing, and line, and shading.
I love color: delicate, subtle, deep, vivid, intense, seductive colors!
But using color effectively in my art does not come naturally or easily for me. I have to enforce great restraint, or I will run amok with color, and lose all sense of the whole work.
I have never really practised or trained using a limited color palette, or had any patience what so ever with color theory. As with all work, I play and experiment, and use whatever is to hand and feels right. Of course this does not always have a satisfactory result!
However working by the rules, while impressive and effective, is often dull, even stultifying. Why create art without pleasure?
And all my mistakes will, I hope, inform my next work without constraining me in a tedious way.
I like to think that, anyway!