Sometimes I just feel the need to sketch something green! It is easy for me to get stuck in a rut of drawing lattes (or cups of tea), simple line drawings and the occasional building, but never get around to sketching anything natural! As I flip through the pages of my sketchbook this imbalance can become very obvious.
A few weeks ago I knew that this was indeed the situation so I was very pleased when Jane Blundell (with whom I was catching up with) suggested that we sketch this tree near Mosman Village Green. This was fun to do, not only because it was an example of reflex sketching (ie.we were having a non-stop conversation) but also because of all the memories that flooded my mind as I painted. I worked in Mosman for many years and sat on the benches around this tree many times at lunch. I love the way that memories become encoded into sketches!
As for using greens… “Greens are hard” is a common phrase in the art world. Do you find them hard?
Whilst there is much I could do to improve my use of greens, I am happy with my current selections and it rarely crosses my mind that greens are any harder than any other colour. There is a lot of very unnatural ‘straight out of the tube’ green paint on the market, but once you work out a few reliable mixes it is a lot easier.
I plan to do a follow up post with a few of my favourite green recipes, but in the meantime I would love to hear from you. Do you find greens hard? What greens do you have in your palette? What are your favourite mixes?