Sunday, March 31, 2013

More tree fun with oils

Notes From my Tree Journal

I've been enjoying painting the fields with new color and tiny wildflowers blooming everywhere. it is the perfect time to be out studying trees. The color is that impossible shrieking green that is so beautiful on site, but so deadly for a painting. It looks fake and unnatural if you try to duplicate it. I have learned to be judicious about overdoing the intensity of color in the spring.

I like to use the following to neutralize greens:

cad orange
yellow ochre
Naples yellow
ivory black
cad red light
raw umber
red oxide

Just a touch of the above will tone it down a bit and make it more manageable. Here is to spring and green!!

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