Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Not Easy "Painting" Green!

Alone in Her Garden is a plein air 8x8 oil by Shirley Fachilla.

Kermit, the Frog, knows being green is hard; I know that painting green in a Tennessee summer isn’t easy either!
There is simply so much of it. Keeping it straight in value (see this post for a painter's definition of value) and hue so that you don’t end with a blanket of indeterminate greenery is difficult. It makes me envy plein air painters with beaches, oceans, deserts and/or mountains at their disposal. Of course, there are strategies around the greenery, some more straightforward than others.
The method employed here is one of the more direct. I found some things outside to paint that weren’t green. My focal point is a little statue who serves as a fountain. Her garden was deserted; her water source unavailable. But her surrounds were warm orange soil, backlit shrubbery, and, what, I think, were blooming wisteria vines. She seemed so exuberant in her aloneness and so very non-green I simply had to paint her.


  1. I love the title and what a great painting.

  2. Gorgeous painting. My eyes are drawn to the satue. She is almost glowing amongst the green.

  3. I agree with you whole-heartedly about green. You really chose a wonderful subject, and she is the standout among all those background greens. A delightful post to see and read!

  4. Thank you all. She seemed so delighted with herself and her situation that I couldn't help but paint her!

  5. Isn't purple the new green anyway???

    Lovely painting with an energetic statue. You bring her to life!

  6. Shirley, you have done such a brillian job with the greens; I love your color layering and your little statue looks like she's at the center of the opera! Thanks for lovely post.


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Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...