Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion.
- Wassily Kandinsky
|"Water Lilies on Lake Eileen", watercolor by Pat Howard|
Green is the pervasive color in nature -- we see it everywhere. The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing. Green is the color of peace and ecology -- in fact, it is synonymous with ecology.
|"White Lilies", watercolor by Pat Howard|
2 - Natural greens are predominantly warm, so yellows and reds need to be included in your green mixtures. Greens are challenging, but they can be beautiful, can look natural, and can even be transparent.
|"Butchart Gardens", watercolor by Pat Howard|
5 -- Permanent Sap Green -- warm and transparent, nongranulating and nonstaining -- is a good choice of green for your palette. A basic transparent green mixture is Sap Green + Aureolin Yellow. Then add a touch of Rose for a natural landscape green which stays transparent. You can neutralize Sap Green with a Rose or a Red, for a bronzy green. Sap Green + Quinacridone Rose makes a nice gray-green.
|"The Three Graces", watercolor by Pat Howard|
9 - Using an analogous color scheme in a nature painting breaks up the monotony of green and creates excitement in your painting. Start with the main object's local color (green) and build an analogous color scheme around that. (Remember that analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel.
Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of Green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. - Ansel Adams