A few weeks ago I did a painting exercise. I watched the movie Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. During each I did a painting. I painted the mood of each movie. I only allowed myself to paint during the movie. There are changes I could make to any of these but that would defeat the exercise.
Resident Evil is primarily black and red, because it's a very dark movie with lots and lots of blood. But I had to include a drop of blue for Mila's eyes.
Resident Evil 2 appeared to be filmed thru a blue filter. So blue is the main color. I still included black because it's still a dark movie. And it's not Resident Evil without blood.
Resident Evil 3 had all the same colors. But I also added sand because the movie takes place in the desert. Of the desert that was Las Vegas, before the zombies.
I like Resident Evil 2. I think it works as a stand alone painting. The other 2 I flip flop on. Some times I like them. Some times I see things I could do to improve them. But that would be breaking the rules.
Still, I learned alot from this exercise. The technique, an acrylic wash over tissue paper gessoed to a canvas. It could work for many other things. Even a more literal subject matter.