Monday, June 11, 2012

The green of Spring Grass

Spring Grass, cows in pasture
Spring Grass, cows in pasture, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting: In this painting I had to mix a lot of different greens for a small 5x7 oil painting. There are three reasons why green is a difficult color for many artist.

1. The first problem, surprisingly, is just seeing green. Green is the hue that is most difficult to identify accurately. People vary considerably in their choice of a "pure" green color, have difficulty distinguishing one green color from another, and have few specific green color names to identify and remember green colors (think, in comparison, of the many color names we have for the domains of yellow, orange and red). As a result, our perception of green is more likely to be a "color idea" — the green we think a lawn or a leaf should be — rather than the green that matches the actual visual sensation. Foliage greens, for example, are typically much darker and duller than we remember them.

2.he second is mixing green. When we go to mix paints, we find it's difficult to pick the right paint combination — blue and yellow, or green and yellow, or green and blue? — to get the right shade of green, because green mixtures are different from other mixtures.

3. The last is using green. Green is a difficult color to harmonize in a painting. Like purple, green has a powerful tendency to overwhelm a painting, even when used sparingly.

Spring Grass
5x7 oil painting on canvas mounted on a museum quality panel for larger painting visit my webs site
Media: oil painting
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
Price: $100 USD
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1 comment:

Susan said...

You have said it so well. Green is just a challenge to work with. your painting is lovely.