3.2.1 Exercise: Mixing greens 1

This is an exercise to mix different greens both from the blues and yellows in your palette.  Develop a range of greens.

Draw a chart of eight 3cm squares with lots of rows.  Mix a yellow, paint a square, then add a lttle green paint a square, add slightly more green colour and work down the row to get a gradually increasing green.  Continue this for several yellows, blues and greens.






Following the instructions I mixed gradually greener versions of the mixes using some of the following combinations:

Cobalt – Sap Green, Cobalt – Viridian, French Ultramarine – Sap Green, Fr Ultramarine – Viridian, Cadmium Yellow – Sap Green, Lemon – Sap Green, Cad Yellow – Viridian, Lemon – Viridian.


That was just the first of four sheets.

Continuing on from sheet 1 I used a large variety of Yellows, Greens and Blues to make a wide range of greens.  The colours included :

Blues: Cobalt, French Ultramarine, Cerulean,

Yellows: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, New Gamboge, Naples Yellow, Indian Yellow, Aureolin, Winsor Yellow.

Greens: Sap Green, Viridian, Olive Green, Winsor Green, Hookers Green.


Additionally because there is a blue element is some darks I mixed Yellows with Black, Paynes Grey and Indigo increasing the range of greens created.

The number and variety of greens produced ranged from bright acid greens to dull muted greens.  The bright greens of spring could be contracted with the dark deep shadowed greens from the interior of a dark woods at night!

This certainly proved to me that greens don’t have to be boring as there is literally thousands of greens and shades of green that can be mixed from a reasonable palette.