The Color Mix
11/21/13 By Angela Corpus
Whether you are a novice artist or a trained painter, there is nothing like learning about the many colors that fill our palettes. The Color Mix is all about giving you a little history about a certain color and providing a lesson that incorporates that lovely shade or hue. Today's inspiration came from the many greens that make up the southern California landscape around the Walter Foster Publishing offices.
Sap Green was one of the first greens we thought of when trying to find the right shades for making a painting from this photo.
According to Wikipedia, "Sap Green is a green pigment that was traditionally made of ripe buckthorn berries." Nowadays, it's likely that sap green is made from a blend of other modern pigments, but that history makes for great art trivia.
Check out this lesson from Painting In Acrylic that uses Sap Green to highlight a gorgeous painting of wildflowers.
"As the artist, you have the freedom to change or tweak your painting, you don't have to paint exactly what you see!"
How have you used Sap Green in your art?
Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus
If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
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