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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Spice Up Your Landscapes with the Right Greens

"Summer Delight'              5x7           pastel on board       ©Karen Margulis
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"You don't have the right Greens"  Albert Handell told me back in 2006. It was my first workshop and I had only been painting with pastels for a few months so I was quite intimidated.  I was also disheartened. After all I had just bought a big set of greens for the workshop so how could I NOT have the right greens! He showed me the greens I was missing and I was shocked!

The greens I didn't have in my box. Wow!

They were the brightest most acidic and artificial looking greens you could imagine.  I would have never chosen to use them but as a good student I went out and bought the greens Albert suggested. I really didn't understand at the time why I needed them and how to use them. I wasn't ready for that knowledge. But now several years and many paintings later I finally get it. These greens are my SPICES and they are to be used in small amounts to add interest and excitement to my landscapes. They are not necessarily the greens I would use to paint an entire meadow....but a few marks in the right place with the spicy green will make a big difference in the painting. 

Spice:  interesting element or quality; zest; piquancy
I like to consider these artificial looking (some might even say garish) greens as my spices. They add an interesting element to a painting. And like a spice used in cooking, a little bit goes a long way. I choose to use my spicy greens at the end of a painting when I am trying to pull everything together. A few well placed spicy marks can help lead the viewer around the painting. Just remember not to overdo the spicy marks or they will lose their impact. 


Paula said...

I would like to see a post with a picture of the greens you use for the majority of the landscape.

Karen said...

Thanks Paula, I have written several blog posts about green. Go to the home page of the blog and find the search box on the right. Look up green and you will find a lot of information on the greens I use!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,
Love your paintings! Could you post the brands and colors of these greens? I always struggle picking colors.

Karen said...

Unfortunately I don't know the brands or color names of these little bits. I would guess they are schmincke and sennelier though.