Meeting The Green Challenge

It’s that time of year when many of us are facing the challenge of incorporating greens into our nature inspired paintings.

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I took this reference photo a few years ago. While working in my flower garden, I would often be surprised by Carolina Anoles like the one you see above. I grew fond of their bold, inquisitive ways.

AnoleEven though the painting will be primarily green, I didn’t only use out-of-the-tube, green pigment. I also like the effects of mixing yellow, gold, red and blue to make a variety of pleasing greens. More info at: Mixing Greens

P1110372I began with rich color working wet-into-wet to create soft-edged shapes. I later defined the subject with a light wash.

P1110373I continued adding darker values aiming for a subtle leading and flow of edge variety and interlocking shapes.

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Lean Mean Green Machine, 10×21, Watercolor, ©JuneRollins

I lifted color and glazed to create unity. Because of the glazing and predominance of green, the finished painting was difficult to photograph. Above is close in color, although actual painting has more depth.

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When meeting the green challenge this year, make your painting unique by following Picasso’s advice, create “that particular green” that can’t be bought…

They will sell you thousands of greens: Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like, but that particular green, never.

-Picasso

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3 thoughts on “Meeting The Green Challenge

  1. Good morning! It’s a rainy day here and it just amplifies the variety of greens of this spring day! I enjoyed your painting and am appreciative that you included the link on mixing greens; I am amazed at all the information there. Thanks for continuing to share!

  2. Beautiful……I. too love mixing colors to create my own unique new shade. When you say you “glazed” your water color painting, could you say more about what that means? (I’m familiar with that with oils, but not watercolor). Thanks!

  3. Lynne, in this painting, I used an overall yellow/golden glaze. After painting was dry, rewet and carefully add thin transparent color to unify. This is only one way to use glazing, there are many others.

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