The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Don’t Eat Yer Greens, Installment 1

You will read a lot about greens in this blog. Atlanta has long summers and vegetation is green, green, green for months at a time.  (Even the bugs are green.) While it’s lovely to look at, it can be difficult to paint. I have to admit, lots of green intimidates me.

Just like with the kinds of greens you are allowed to eat, variety is the spice of life. With landscapes containing nothing but green, you should have a variety of:
  • temperatures
  • edges
  • values
  • hues
  • textures
 Here's one example I like, from Dan Young, an artist I've short-listed for possible workshops.

Look at all those greens! They're Colorado greens, not Georgia greens, but this is a green landscape that is anything but boring and green. There are warm greens and cool greens, yellow greens and blue greens, soft greens and textured greens. It's even got greens with lost edges and found edges. 

Please take a look at Dan's work:

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