I like that phrase. There's a painter named Yves Klein who for awhile used just one color, International Kline Blue, and he painted monochromes.
Of course he also liked to use women as paintbrushes.
I read a case history about an artist who had a small stroke, they think, and lost his color vision. He became depressed, but continued to paint. He worked in black and white for awhile then returned to color. I guess he used the color from memory, but it could have been by his perception of the shades, the story didn't make that clear. But his color work was really interesting, not quite the same as we normally percieve.
The case history was by the guy the movie "Awakenings" was about, I can't remember his name.
AAh,,,, Oliver Sacks, the book is Anthropologist on mars.