Richard McKinley teaches about the 'Secret of Green' in his writings and workshops. Knowing this 'secret' and how to make greens more interesting has made a big difference in how I paint the landscape. Richard teaches that the secret of green is orange and violet is the friend. I like to say that Green Loves Red & Orange and likes Purple to visit too. So what does this mean for your paintings?
- Introduce some orange or red in your green masses and add a little purple somewhere instead of only using green by itself.
- Underpainting with these colors is an easy way to introduce them. (though it's not the only way)
- See how I have some orange underneath my grasses in today's painting? This was the underpainting. The purples were added as I added pastel.
Sometimes we think we need every imaginable green pastel or tube of paint to paint a green landscape. But as you can see, knowing how to make your greens more interesting with other colors is helpful to keeping your palette simple.
If you wish to read more about Richard McKinley's secret to green and why it works see his post in the Pastel Pointer's blog Here