An Analogy for Color

The painter uses color like the writer uses his vocabulary.

Consider a writer with a limited vocabulary. Many things can be expressed quite clearly, but the expressions might be simpler with a wider vocabulary. And the opposite is also true; a writer with an enormous vocabulary may find himself stumbling over superfluous language when a simpler phrase would do.

The same can be said of color: a painter with a limited palette may be able to express quite a lot, but some expressions may be simpler were the palette expanded. And conversely, were the palette too vast, the painter may find himself obstructed by the numerous selections.

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