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Watercolor Essentials: Lush Landscapes

When Only Green Will Do

Its often more satisfying to mix your own greens than to rely on greens straight from the tube. The painting above was
done with varying mixtures of phthalo blue or cobalt blue with cadmium yellow for the greens.

Ultra- Phthalo
Phthalo marine Phthalo Blue Ultramarine
Blue Blue Ultramarine Blue Transparent Yellow
Blue Yellow Ochre
Blue

Olive Hookers
Green Sap Green
Green
Deep

Phthalo Phthalo
Blue Blue

Mixing Tube Greens With Blues n Experiment with all the tube greens
you own, mixing them with any blues you have on your palette. Here,
I played with olive, Hookers green deep and sap green, mixing them
each with phthalo blue and ultramarine blue. Burnt
Cadmium
Orange
Sienna

Transparent
Yellow Cadmium Transparent Cadmium
Orange Yellow Orange Transparent
Yellow Cadmium
Orange
Phthalo Phthalo
Blue Blue

Starting From Scratch n Here, phthalo blue is


Hookers
Olive
Green
Green Sap Green the star of the show. I mixed it with transparent
Deep
yellow; yellow ochre for more subtle, dusky
greens; burnt sienna and cadmium orange. You
could make all the greens youd ever need with
Mixing Tube Greens With Warm Colors n The same three tube greens that one blue, but do the same exercise with
can be mixed with warm colors too, for an entirely different effect. Note: ultramarine blue, cobalt, cerulean or whatever
All three cadmium orange mixes would work better for a late summer else you have on your palette. Youll never com-
painting, when the greens start to turn toward a richer, more olive plain about the sameness of greens again!
shade. Transparent yellow mixes offer a more spring-like effect.

18 Watercolor Magic april 2007