I am occasionally asked, and I have asked, from other forums and blogs how to paint greens.
This is how I paint my evergreen trees. That is about all I have to paint in plein air within a 50 plus mile radius of my home base. So I have painted a few.
Well here is my family secret formula and why it works.
The base color is just Ultramarine Blue and Grumbacher Raw Sienna. Since UB is a reddish blue and RS is a reddish yellow there is enough red in the mix to gray the green and close enough to be opposites on the color wheel. The color temperature can be warmer or cooler by adding more or less of one of the base colors. For a value change a warm or cool mixed gray is good but a 7 - 8 value mix of Ivory black, titanium white and a touch of RS is the easiest for me.
Since color harmony and mood within each painting is what we strive for, each color for the light on the trees will vary. For a given mood I will use a wide range of colors anywhere from a Lemon Yellow , Cad Yellows, yellow oranges to an ochre and Naples to achieve my end result. Many alterations of this base green can be mixed for your evergreen trees.
Hope you find this helpful while creating your masterpiece.
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