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Hello ALL SEASONS bloggers,
Sunday March 12 – Wednesday March 15, 7 pm Pacific time
The experiences you all shared last week were a delight! And each so different! Loved reading all of your posts. Hope you are doing well?
Today is daylight savings in the USA, and coming Friday is St Patrick’s Day! Have a happy one:) A great opportunity to show greens:)
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Last year this view was taken in January on a dark stormy day. So these greens have a muted quality. In past years these hills have started yellowing by this time. This year it still looks a fresh green, because of all the rain and snow we have had last two months.
The Mexican Coral Tree stands by the entrance of one of the buildings of the Huntington Library Gardens we frequently visit. The flowers of this tree bloom before the leaves appear.
These are the basic greens I regularly use in my paintings and mix with aureolin (light lemon yellow), yellow ochre, burnt sienna, van Dyke brown or Payne grey.
From left to right: green gold, sap green, Veridian, Hooker’s Green and Olive Green shown in watercolors on the chart.
Somehow it seems easier with oil paint to get more of a variety of greens when mixing it with other colors.
I don’t have every tube of green the store has. As a painter you want your personal use of colors to stand out (instead of a mix made by the painting companies:) ). For example, I always use a darker red (as in the image of the flower above), never an orangy kind of red, because (to me) it conflicts with so many other colors.
Watercolor, 30 x 22 inch, The Impossible Tree, ©St Germain
At the parking place of the Psychological Center where I used to work, I noticed the same tree , for it had the same flowers as at the Huntington!
It took me a few years to even notice this tree because there were always cars standing in front of it. This tree shows my tendency to take on “impossible” (read: long) projects. It took three photos to get all the details of this whole tree.
The blurry “look” of the leaves one achieves by spraying the paper with water, before the greens are painted on. (Use paper in the 300-400 series, or at least 150 lb). After my cold pressed Arches paper dried up, I put the trunk and the flowers on. Voila. done!
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