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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.

The greens above are created using Viridian as the blue, Indian yellow and Aureolin and the red used is Perylene Maroon. I should say the charts above are mixed in oil. The beauty of oil is that you are able to mix your colours before you start as they stay open whereas with acrylic you tend to mix as you go. I do however make myself a test card of mixed colours before I start in acrylics.

These are works in progress using some of the combinations seen in the charts. I will post again when they are complete and share with you the text thats written throughout their layers.

Below are watercolour sketches employing a combination of greens and green and red mixes

I hope you have enjoyed this post many thanks for dropping in, I ll post again soon

Enjoy your painting

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