Years ago when I started dabbling in watercolour I read a lot of sound instructional books by Alwyn Crawshaw. He recommended amongst others Hooker’s Green as part of a beginners’ starter set of paints.
I used it then but for over 15 years it has not been on my palette. I have no idea why I strayed away from this stalwart, reliable and sensible green!
So – I have re-introduced him to my palette at the cost of wiping the dreaded Viridian from my watercolour wells forever!
Viridian (also Pthalo and Winsor Green) and I are not friends.
Viridian unnerves me, I find it cold, chemical-looking and way too overpowering for my paintings. How it has lasted so long is only because it mixes brilliantly with Alizarin Crimson to give a bitchy and velvety “black”. It is soon to be leaving my palette. I am sure Hookers will team up with Alizarin and produce something equally as wonderful.
As for the other greens that I have been using for a while they are as follows:-
Permanent Sap Green – an easy mixer and gentle middle of the road grassy green – a happy chappy who makes me feel safe.
Olive Green – a serious and deep blackened green – to be used in moderation or it can make a painting look a bit sullen.
Cobalt Turquoise – a versatile and turquoisey green which mixes well with reds and pinks to give arty greys! I feel a bit risque whenever I use this colour.
Give us the low-down on your reds or blues or browns if you paint – I’d love to hear how you feel about them.