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The Color Mix

Hooker's Green

Happy St Patrick's Day! I hope you're enjoying some green in your life today. With spring on the way, I've had green on the brain leading up to this bright holiday, so today we're talking about Hooker's Green.

Hooker's Green was developed by William Hooker, who was the official artist for the Royal Horticulture Society back in the late 1700s and early 1800s (via Wikipedia). As a botanical illustrator it makes sense that Hooker was on the hunt for a perfect foliage green.

This deep but vibrant green is a strong, semitransparent green that plays nicely between blue and yellow. Mixed with either one, the results are shadowy greens or sunlit greens—everything you need for a lovely landscape or gardenscape.

hookers green and lemon yellow

Since I'm in the mood to join in the St. Patrick's celebration, I figured a four-leaf clover would be something fun to paint. Using tips from 1500 Color Mixing Recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor, I mixed Hooker's Green with a little Lemon Yellow to create a few different greens. Clover certainly calls for a botanical green that pops with brightness, and I love the range of dark green to almost lime green that Hooker's can make.

color mix hookers green

Photos by Angela Corpus

Artist Tip

The key color is the dominant color in a painting or in several different color mixtures. The key color is sometimes referred to as the "mother color" because a bit of the color is added to all of the mixtures to create color unity and harmony.

Excerpted from 1500 Color Mixing Recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor by William F. Powell

What do you think? Will this clover attract the luck of the Irish?

Angela Corpus

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

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