A while back I posted a watercolor I had done of a trees along a parkway. After viewing it someone had asked me what were my color recipe's for green. At the time I didn't know what was meant by "color recipe's". I do now and I don't use color recipe's. When I look at something, It may be a tree I'm painting, I look at a color (maybe the green of the leaves) and I ask myself is it warm or cool, light or dark. If the green is on the warmer side I might mix in some burnt umber or burnt sienna or red or maybe yellow ochre. If its cool I might mix in some blue, but it is a response based on what I see and not some formula /recipe that is decided on before hand.
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