Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Green the Impossible Green

Yellow Barns, 6x8, acrylic on panel
Jan Blencowe copyright 2010

It's almost that time again when the landscape in enveloped in an all encompassing green garb. Plein air painters often refer to the summer season as the time of the Big Green Monster which always reminds me of the children's book Go Away Big Green Monster.

I heartily agree with  Henry C. White (1861-1952) when he says, he prefers to paint spring and fall over summer..."the greens being like too much spinach..."

Here I share some rambling thoughts on green I penned in my sketchbook last summer....

I watch as the clouds form and reform behind the treetops. I study the color of the trees, they're green of course...but no, I look at the green plastic pitcher on the deck, it's bright yellow-green. I compare, it's not to be found anywhere in the trees. 

Only the sunlit grass come close and even then the red-brown of the earth shows through causing an orange glow beneath the green.

I look at the deep green of the chair cushions, what we might call "Forest Green" yet I don;t see that in the tree either. 

How is it that this common color of the landscape is so elusive, so un-nameable, and if un-nameable how can I capture it with paint?


5 comments:

Janice said...

What a beautiful "green" landscape painting Jan. I stop by often just to soak up the beauty of your landscapes. Your blog is a great place to visit :)

Watercolorist said...

I used to avoid painting green landscapes. I found it really difficult to capture a natural green. I'm not so afraid to attempt them now but I also prefer painting scenes from fall and spring. I truly love your tonal landscapes and think you should do an online how-to course.
Jean

Atul Pande said...

Jan: I really like the tone and composition of this piece. Everything seems so harmonious.

AutumnLeaves said...

Mix, mix and mix some more!

Jan Blencowe said...

I'm glad everyone coiuld relate to this post about green and it's difficulties. I think I will have to tackle this further and share some recipes for mixing natural looking greens.

More to come!