Last April, I was really trying to learn about different watercolours used to make or paint greens.
I bought Pyrelene Green, Terre Vert, Chromium Green, Winsor Green ( yellow shade), hooker's green deep, sap green, olive green and even green gold. Over the last year, I have found that a green will not work unless you consider the complete composition.
I remember when 'Viridian' was in all the beginner's kits - now it seems to have changed to phlatho green. The 'bright' almost fluorescent green isn't easy to place in all the subtle spring greens. It's great for shadows with its complement, terrific for undertones for faces, good for adding tonal value....but it certainly isn't something that is understood when you start painting and you want just that 'green' for a Norfolk pine, or a rhubarb leaf or a crocus.
over the next weeks, I will try and discuss more of my green journey with you on this blog. It will definitely be mentioned in my upcoming online intermediate class in May. I think it may be time to even put some videos together as spring has sprung!
I let you know how my 'green' thumb makes it through with my paint brush.