When I studied color theory in art school, we were taught yellows and blues in different proportions give you greens. Different combinations of these two primaries yield different types of greens – warm greens, cool greens, neutral greens. The possibilities are endless. This weekend I took a skillshare class by artist Chris Carter, Mixing Gorgeous Greens using only Blacks Grays and Yellows which made me rethink my color mixing techniques. The class explored greens using a variety of yellows and blacks/greys.
Here are my results from the experimentation.
Finally, I used Payne’s Grey and Sennelier Yellow Light to create a quick 20 minute landscape. The range of tones and shades these two colors produce is amazing and makes me want to work more in a limited palette, although my usual style is full of happy, bright colors.
A while back, making color charts would make me impatient. I used to think, how on earth do artists do this! But now color mixing feels very therapeutic and de-stressing. I had an amazing Sunday afternoon exploring these greens. I would absolutely recommend watching Chris’s class if you are interested in expanding your green palette. It is a bite size class and you can play along which means you don’t need a lot of time.
What does your perfect green like? Let me know in the comments below.