Two days ago I opened my pastel box for the first time in a couple of months. It needs some serious reorganization. When I am in painting, the last thing I am thinking about is putting the pastels back where I found them in my box. I have been painting out of my cardboard boxes of additional colors. I have been grabbing groups of similar colors and working them into the painting. I will then grab a different group of colors to add to the painting.
Because I have been painting so much, I have been burning through the pastels. As a result, I have gone through a lot of my favorite colors and a lot of dark colors because I use them to start the painting. Color choices have changed. Because I am not able to rely on the old reliable colors my paintings have changed to a degree. Building relationships between these new color choices within the painting has made me grow as an artist.
As I go to clean and organize my pastel box, I will again get colors grouped together. All of the reds together etc. I wonder if that will change my color choices while I am painting. I have had no difficulty in choosing the right color when they were all mixed up. In fact, I think having different colors sitting next to each other has helped me evaluate the color better.