Let’s Explore the Color Green

This week’s assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to explore the color green.
Green is a secondary color, made from the combination of two primary colors: yellow and blue.

What do you associate with the color green…

  • an amateur, someone new to something
  • the environment
  • money
  • envy
  • feeling nauseous
  • one of the chakra colors (heart)
  • anything else? What do you associate with green?

You can vary the shades of green…

  • add more yellow
  • add more blue
  • use different shades/temperatures of yellow [ such as lemon yellow (cool) or canary yellow (warm) ]
  • use different shades of blue [ such as slate blue (warm) or indigo blue (cool)]

Let’s Play…

As you play with these ideas, I would love to read your comments about your experiences with doing these exercises. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them here.

  1. Pull out your yellow and blue crayons/colored pencils/pastels/paints/etc and play with creating green. Note which combinations give you a bright green versus a darker olive green. Does it make a difference to color blue on top of yellow versus yellow on top of blue? As a bonus, create a color chart similar to what I have made here (I did this with Prismacolor Color Pencils).

    Green Color Chart
    Green Color Chart
  2. Now pull out some of your green pencils/crayons/paint/etc.  Look at the difference between using a green color versus the green you make from yellow and blue. What do you notice about the two? Step back from the two.  Can you tell the difference between the two?  What else do you notice about the green versus the created green?
  3. Explore the vegetation in the outdoor world in your neighborhood/town/city.
    • Where do see green?
    • Is everything the same shade of green?
    • Look at one tree, bush, and/or plant. How many shades of green do you really see on it? Is it within the vegetation itself or is it because part of it is in the shade?
  4. Look at this photo below. At first glance you can see that trees are on both sides of the street. When you look more closely you see that the trees are different shades of green. If you were to do a realistic coloring of this photo, you’d have to use several different colors of green. Look at the tree closest to you on the right. Notice the leaves, they go from a very dark green at the bottom to a brighter shade of green on the left side. Why is that? For the most part, each leaf is basically the same color. The difference is that some of the leaves block light to the leaves below and the ones closer to the trunk. The more that light is taken away, the darker the color of the leaves become. If you look at the tree through squinted eyes, you may notice patterns and shapes of darker greens and lighter greens. See if you can re-create theses shapes by playing with lighter and darker shades of green.

    Trees on Street
    Trees on Street
  5. Where else do you see green in your world? clothing, appliances, vehicles, etc. Do you notice varying shades of green within each item? Notice where the light source (sun, light bulb, daylight, etc.) is coming from and how it changes the shade of green aimed at the light and on the other side, away from the light. Your mind knows that the item is all the same shade of green, however when you really look at the item, you’ll see that more than one shade of green exists there because of how the light reflects off and around it.
  6. Take a piece of green material (tablecloth, shirt, blanket, towel, etc.). Rumple it up so you have hills and valleys of material. Shine a light on it from an angle. What happens to that original shade of green? Where is the green brighter, darker? Play with coloring/painting it.

Happy Coloring!