|'Dance of the Wildflowers' 24x36 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I don't have the right green! I hear this all the time. I have felt this way myself. I've decided that it isn't how many greens you have...it is more about learning how to use green.
I don't stress about having the *right* green
Instead I've learned to work with the greens I do have. I find a green in my box that best matches the temperature and value I need. It doesn't have to match exactly the shade of green in my scene or reference photo!
When stocking my pastel box, all I really need are some warm, cool and neutral greens in a dark, middle and light value. I also need a few vibrant artificial looking greens for spices. Whenever I need to paint something that has a lot of green, I take my greens and line them up from dark to light and cool to warm. This helps me see what I have and to use the right temperature and values in my painting. For me it is easier to work with the greens when I see them all together. It also is very helpful way analyze the greens you have to make sure there is a balance of warm, cool and neutrals and lights, middle and dark values.
This system of pulling out my greens and lining them up has worked for me. I am usually able to find a green that does what I need. I now have some more greens to add from my recent pastel acquisition. I got a wonderful set of Terry Ludwig greens. It is a set of 30 Assorted Greens.
|Terry Ludwig Assorted Greens|
I'm sure that even with all of the news greens I've acquired I might feel that I am lacking the right green for something. I won't worry though. I will just find something close....the right value and temperature and it will be fine!
Note to beginners: practice discriminating between warm greens, cool green and neutral greens. Practice separating greens by value and temperature. Developing a discriminating eye will help you more than adding more and more greens to your collection. Too many greens can be overwhelming!