In his 1924 book titled "The Enjoyment and Use of Color", author Walter Sargent examines a "scientifically arranged palette." He states: "When we have selected colors which are related in hue we have taken one important step toward an orderly arrangement of the palette. For example, if we use a palette set with only yellow, red, blue, black and white, we have a group of related hues and have thereby limited ourselves to certain tonal effects. Although this triad is freer from restrictions than any other, still the particular tones of the greens, oranges, and violets which we can produce by mixtures will have a definite kinship with the three colors of the palette."
In his 1912 book titled "The Painter’s Palette", Doctor Denman W. Ross compares the value of a limited palette and the definite thinking which they afford to modes in which the imagination becomes active and creative, just as it becomes active and creative in the modes of musical composition. He states: "To produce the tones of the set palette in the first place and then to get consistent and beautiful results from it is an art in itself, no less difficult than learning to tune a violin without the help of a master and without years of technical exercises and practice. So it is in painting. The use of the set palette is equally difficult. It is an art in itself; an art acquired by scientific instruction and years of hard work."
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