|'Into the Cool Meadow' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I looked over my big box and decided I was low in the cool green category. I was excited to try them out as soon as they arrived!
|Terry Ludwig's Cool Greens|
But today I just wanted to use the cool greens. What kind of landscape is mostly cool? I found the perfect candidate....an overcast summer landscape in Grand Teton National Park with a foreground full of sage. Lots of cooler greens here! I had actually started this painting as a demo and never finished it.
|The demo painting...not quite resolved|
I love this new set! I know it will be seeing a lot of action! Now I need to get the warm greens! And the Neutrals. If you are trying to put together the right selection of green pastel here are some tips:
- If it fits your budget you can't go wrong with Terry Ludwig's Full set of greens. I am going at it slowly...getting each set of 30 when I can afford it.
- Evaluate the greens that you do have. Take them all out and try to separate them into warm, cool and neutral. Do the best you can. It helps you see the temperature when they are all out. Now see where you are lacking. You want a range of values as well as temperature.
- Don't overlook adding the grayed greens or neutrals. Many beginner sets have very bright artificial looking greens. These are too intense if there is no balance with neutrals.
- Be sure that you do have a few of these bright, artificial or acid greens....these will be goos for accents or punctuation marks. I refer to these greens as my spices...a little goes a long way!