|look at all the different "local colours" of green we have here, from the cool blue-grey greens in the foregrounds, to the rich dark greens in the distance. Such variety.|
|I've added a stripe of emerald green. Do any of the natural greens in this image look like this?|
2. they are modified by the type of LIGHT falling onto the surface. Any colour of leaf will be one shade in sunlight, quite another in shadow.
|the sunlight paints some of these leaves with vivid yellow light|
If you want to paint your greens realistically, you need to take 1 and 2 very much into account.
|sorry, if you have seen it before!|
There are brilliant books out there. And do LOOK at how other artists treat greens, and see how careful they are to reserve the somewhat "false", vivid greens, for small touches and highlights rather than for an overall look. Here are a few for you to enjoy:
Richard McKinley, a true colour master:
|we know those trees are green...but see how he has used SUCH subtle, grey-green colouring for the sunlit parts of them, and kept the more brilliant greens for the rows of plants in the foreground, just touches here and there, really.|