Color Relativity Demonstrated
Using both temperature and value in your colors can add to the contrasts between the background and focal. If your focal point is warm and light in value, plan your contrasts to be cooler and darker.
Pay attention to color relationships as you decision make during the painting process. You can choose colors to paint with early on, but as you paint, you need to plan to use the painting as your reference for the color temperature and values that you place on the paper.