I thought it might be educational for me to make a painting using near complements. I chose one of the color wheel illustrations I used recently. That's it, above. It is yellow green, violet and red.
Here are the pigments I used, permanent red ( I had to add red to the shot above in photoshop as my lights turned it orange) Viridian with a little cadmium yellow in it, and cobalt violet and of course I allowed myself titanium white. This seemed like a crazy little palette, but I pulled out a panel 5" by 7" and went to work. After a couple of hours I had the little sketch below. This was made out of my head with no references, photographic or otherwise. I like to make up landscapes, I think it is good for practice in arranging pictures. Not the best painting I ever made, but it does illustrate the result of this severely limited palette.
What I found was that I couldn't get anywhere near a blue, I had hoped I could make one with the yellow-green and violet but it really didn't work very well. I could control the red well enough by feeding the yellow-green into it. The darks were violet plus the yellow-green as a neutralizer. The whole mixing experience was weird, I don't intend to use that again. Tomorrow I will try another set of near compliments, something with less poisonous looking colors. It was like painting with the colors of a bruise. I think these particular near complements might be good for a decorative scheme, but for painting the landscape they were a hindrance.