I've been thinking and reading about oil painting, and over the past few days I've come to a tentative conclusion about my palette: it is missing a color.
For twenty years I have felt something amiss in my paintings. It has been nagging me inconsistently. I think I picked up some form of faulty advice or slightly skewed mindset sometime when I was in college, and this has negatively affected my painting.
I need to add black to my palette. I have mixed my own blacks when I felt it necessary, sure, but I have never used tubed black for anything in oil painting. Now, though, I think it would help me explore more color subtlety.