I haven’t been happy with Sap Green in my palette for a long time. I like to have a ready-to-go green especially when I’m working quickly and Sap Green has been the best tube green that I’ve tried. See this article for more about why I’ve included it in my palette for many years.
Last March I did a few experiments planning to replace Sap Green with a pre-mix of yellow and blue (refer to this article) but I obviously got distracted and never ended up making a decision. Last week as I was creating ‘mixing pages’ for my Foundations palette I realised that I should simply replace Sap Green with the mix that I use all the time.
So here is a pan of Daniel Smith Hansa Yellow Medium and Schmincke French Ultramarine.
At the time of mixing it, I didn’t record the ratio of the yellow to the blue (sorry!) but you can see that I added a little additional blue at the right end of the pan in case I want to adjust it.
So far so good!
I’m really really happy with this decision – the hue is similar to Sap Green but oh, the pigment party is totally off the scale. An additional bonus is that I’m not needing to dip into my yellow as much now, so the HYM half-pan dedicated to mixing greens is much cleaner. 🙂
I really don’t know why it took me so long to do this – it was a total no-brainer!