|'Counting Sheep' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The land of green is even greener than usual! We have had plenty of rain in North Georgia and the green in the landscape is at its peak! I seem to be painting a lot of green paintings perhaps influenced by the time of year. So I have been dealing with the challenge of green. One of the challenges we have when painting landscapes with an abundance of green is how to make the green more interesting....how do we tame the green?
The key to successful greens is to introduce other colors into the green masses. I like to remind myself of the following....
"If it is green and growing then there needs to be some dirt"
This reminds me to paint the green stuff by layering 'dirt' colors such as reds, yellows, violets with the green. These colors add interest to the green masses but also bring them to life and make them feel more believable and filled with light. Read on to see how I put this idea into action.
|My drawing with a 305 Nupastel on Yi Cai paper|
For my initial underpainting or block in I decided to use Nupastels and rub in with some pipe insulation foam for a soft dry wash. I selected the dark blue spruce 305 for the trees, pale blue and cream for the sky and some wonderful earthy ochre and dull orange for my DIRT.
|The first layer rubbed into the paper|
The painting also needed a little violet dirt. So I used a few muted purples in a few areas of the grass and trees. Click to enlarge the photos to see the violet.
|up close and personal|
I like to think of DIRT when I paint green but I will never forget a lesson I learned from Richard McKinley who tells us the secret of green is orange and violet is the friend.
There is science behind this secret and you can read all about it in Richard's Pastel Pointer column here:http://www.artistsnetwork.com/medium/pastel/painting-greens