The colors that have been most successful for me while painting early spring en plein air are yellow greens and variations of violet.

The "bowl" at Reeves Reed Arboretum

The violets work well for earth, dried leaves on the ground as well as for masses of leafless trees .  I run into problems when I use too much blue in either green mixes or violet mixes.  For neutrals, I stay closer to grays than browns.  This color scheme provides a full range of values without loss of saturation.

Painting: The second of two paintings I did yesterday at the arboretum.  For this one I didn’t begin with a pencil sketch, I started right off with brush strokes of watercolor.  I needed to feel the freedom of letting my brush dance across the paper.