Warm, cool and dark

Continuing my series of faded tulips in the garden, today I focused on greens — warm, cool and dark. At this time of year, as the trees start to leaf out, my mind swirls with recipes for mixing greens. I try to avoid the one-dimensional Sap Green and instead combine yellows and blues to create a wider range of hues that go from yellowish to deep blue/green. When the green is too bright I add in a bit of the complementary colour (red) to dull it down, or sometimes Burnt Sienna to give it warmth. For the darkest greens, instead of using a convenience pigment like Deep Sap, I have been experimenting with a mix of Viridian, Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. One word of warning when using Viridian: this isn’t a colour you often find in nature. I usually tame it with some yellow or blue so that I don’t end up with patches of Astroturf in my sketches.

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5 Comments on “Warm, cool and dark”

  1. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for the tips on warm and cool greens. It has always been a challenge for me to find variety while painting large patches of leaves. I always appreciate your lessons. Thanks for sharing.

  2. joantav says:

    Sounds like good combinations for greens. I have sap green on my palette but mix it with various colors to get varying greens. Love the pops of reds/violets in this!

  3. Dml says:

    Green has always been a challenge for me. I will certainly try your suggestions-thank you!


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