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Studying the Shades of Green

May 6, 2011 admin 5 Comments

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In previous blog posts, we examined the many different shades of blue and studied the vibrant variations of yellow.

In this post, let’s take a closer look at a color that also boasts just as many wide-ranging hues: the secondary color green.

When painting nature, the color green will usually pop up prominently on your palette. Landscapes featuring forests, trees, or fields will involve a range of greens. Likewise, still lifes of apples, olives and limes will require their own sets of greens, not to mention the leaves and stems on flowers.

No matter what your medium, there are many types of greens available to suit your purpose. Here are a few of those greens along with an inside look at their origins:

  • Chromium oxide green gets its name from the inorganic compound that is used to create the pigment. This green has a bluish tinge, and is also known as Viridian.
  • Cobalt green is an artificial pigment made from a heated mix of cobalt oxide and zinc oxide. Although it is a permanent color, it has weak tinting strength.
  • Hooker’s green was named for the English botanist/artist who created it in the 19th century by combining Prussian Blue and Gamboge.
  • Phthalo green is short for ” Phthalocyanine Green G”. This synthetic pigment is created from a combination of copper and phthalocyanine. Available in a blue shade or yellow shade, Phthalo green is one of the most popular greens for painters.
  • Sap green was originally made from the berries of Buckthorn shrubs, but now it’s manufactured from a mixture of other pigments, including Phthalo green.


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  1. Sherry K.
    May 6, 2011 - 6:55 am

    I know what you mean. Green used to be my son’s favorite, not mine. Lately chartreuse has become MY new favorite color…(-:

    • segmation
      May 6, 2011 - 7:26 am

      Hi Sherry,
      I am glad you found my blog interesting. Readers, if you have a minute, please check out Sherry’s blog at http://sherrykey.wordpress.com.

      Beth at Segmation dot com.

  2. EmilyBark
    May 10, 2011 - 1:08 am

    Hey this seems to be a great blog, as its very much informative and descriptive too, specially about paints…

    • segmation
      May 10, 2011 - 9:04 am

      Hello Emily,
      I am glad you enjoyed our blog and our website at http://www.segmation.com as well as our paint ideas. Readers please check out Emily’s website at http://www.green-painting.com/ where Farrow & Ball is a British manufacturer of luxurious paints and wall-coverings and thanks!


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