|'I'll Take the Path on the Right' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It's green overload! What is the solution?
|Terry Ludwig Pastel 90 piece Green Set.....this should do it!|
The solution isn't to keep buying greens. The solution is to get to know the greens you have! Take them all out of all of their individual boxes. Play with them.
- Group them by value....put the dark ones together, the light ones and middle values ones in their own piles.
- Try to group them by temperature....which ones seem cool (more blue) Which ones seem warm (more yellow) Which ones are hard to tell (probably neutral)
- Group the artificial greens together....these are the vivid, intense artificial looking greens (spices)
- Make some marks with the greens to see how they look on paper. Remember that they will appear different depending on the paper color and what they are next to. (simultaneous contrast)
Make notes about which greens you seem to lack. Now you won't just buy random green pastels you will buy green with a purpose.
After you experiment and play with the greens in your collection, paint a very green landscape. Remember that in a typical landscape the cooler greens (and lighter) will be in the distance and they will gradually transition to warmer greens in the foreground. There are always exceptions but this is a good general truth.
Take the challenge to the next level and paint the same scene but vary the greens to create a different mood. Perhaps turn a sunny day into a gray moody day.
If you'd like some tips on using green in the landscape have a look at my pdf demo available for $6