Exploring Mixing Greens.

Hi Guys,

This week I have gone back to basics following my weekend workshop with students at the Rococo gardens Painswick. What an incredible place but it requires being able to handle mixing many different greens.

I made use of going back to make myself charts on using different mixes of source primary blues and yellows to make different saturations of green.This has helped me to identify better choices for the work I have in progress at the moment and its been something I ve asked my students to do for themselves on my Friday Landscape class.

For those of you painters reading this I would definitely give it a go.

Having mixed different greens I went on to explore shadow greens using two different reds, a warm Vermillion and a cooler Alzarin crimson. Red sits opposite to green on the colour wheel and it is its complementary colour. If you add amounts of red to green it will neutralise or quieten the green and will darken the green initially as you can see in the chart below.