It seems that I have shied away from using greens. Just hadnt conquered them. When I remembered to refer to my favorite :The OIL Panters Bible" small 4x6 in size and covers everything !! Maryland Scott, Chartwell Books,INc. So with the "bible's" help I practiced mixing and did two 4x3 paintings of sunflowers. And had such a good mixture of colors, that I am now working on a larger cactus picture.. Thumbs up to this book!
Very nice! One great way to achieve familiarity with using greens is to do some plein air painting - no getting away from it there.
I can see that you've used a variety of greens.
Yes greens can be difficult especially with plein air mid summer. I've complained about this before and most people just do not understand the challenge of painting a flat landscape mid summer. I am always on the search to check out any artist who can adeptly handle greens. It is not a matter of getting warmer/cooler greens, darker or lighter, muted or brighter. When the actual landscape offers little variety or very subtle variety, a massive amount of decision making and problem solving is needed.
:) That's when my painting teacher would say, "Paint what you feel, not what you see." At the same time, like the challenge of painting white paintings where there is a rainbow of colors in white, squinting your eyes in plein air situations can give you another perspective to finding the additional colors to add to your greens and turn a flat green summer day into a vibrant, colorful summer day bursting with life.
Did you ever walk in the woods in the summer and think " It's really ugly here with all these greens?".
An all red painting or an all yellow painting can be quite overwhelming to say the least. There's no bad color just relationships and aesthetic choices that artists make.
Your painting is very nice and you are using various greens. I think some more depth could be created with some deeper values especially behind the flower. If you learn to make grey, more of the "overwhelming color" dilemma will be easily solved. You are heading in that direction with the green along the top.
Here's an artist who's a master at greens you can check out for some inspiration. Notice the darkness in areas.
Nice work on your painting!
I wanted to add that you can experiment with Alizarin Crimson and Viridian. Both are dark colors and will mix to make dark greens from the grey side to the green side or the dark purple side. They make very rich colors.