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