|'Into the Land of Green' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Most of my paintings have been very green this month. I think it is partly due to being winter weary and ready for spring. Are you ready to paint the greens of spring and summer? Here are a few quick tips....
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- Make sure you have the *right* green pastels. If you plan to paint a lot of green landscapes you will want to have a good selection of greens.....light, middle and dark values. You need some warm and cool greens but you also need some neutral of gray greens. Many introductory sets don't include enough of the right greens. Many have a majority of middle value in bright artificial looking greens. These greens can be overpowering in a landscape unless balanced with neutrals.
- Lay out all of your green pastels....give them a good cleaning with a paper towel or by shaking them in cornmeal or sand.....now evaluate them. Make a list of the greens you are lacking and order some open stock of your favorite brands.
- Remember that you can make your green landscapes more interesting by incorporating the complement in your green masses. Greens are more exciting with some red or orange. Add some purple for the finishing touch.