Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day Celebrating with GREEN Paintings

Top o' the morning to you!

I thought I'd add this to the day's post, a set of paintings that illustrates the many, many varieties of green used in landscape painting. Green Landscapes a set at Flickr

Here are some tips for mixing fabulous greens:

For natural greens in the landscape use any yellow + blue , but always modify with something from the red family like, transparent red oxide, napthol red, orange, vermillion

Create greens for the distance by adding a blue to the mix, ultramarine blue works well because it has a touch of red in it and it will neutralize the greeen a bit.

High key "spring" greens can be made by using cadmium yellow light, or cadmium yellow lemon, or transparent yellow mixed with phthalo blue, or ultramarine, plus white. Warm them up with a touch of orange, or make very light tints using naples yellow, mellow them out with the addition of some yellow ochre.

Low intensity yellows in many hues can be created by adding black to any yellow, lighten with white or naples yellow.

Very dark green mixes often benefit form the addition of purple.


Isabel Forbes said...

Thanks for the green post. Sometimes a landscpae in the Spring can be so overwhelming!

Jan Blencowe said...

Not just the spring but high summer when the trees become massive and covered in green leaves. That's when the BIG GREEN MONSTER arrives LOL

Artists really need to see, or invent changes in hue, temperatue and intensity in green foliage.

It took me a loooong time to get a handle on this concept. So I am happy to pass along some tips to other artists and hopefully help them in their journey.