Thursday, May 3, 2018

Green Bice

I've worked with colored pencils all of my artistic life, of many brands and varieties. In the sets made by Prismacolor and Derwent, a color called "Green Bice" appeared. It was an intense yellowish green, the color of spring leaves just unfolding. It is all over this little tree study as well as on the two color test strips below. But what does "Bice" mean? It is certainly not something to eat. It is in fact a rather toxic pigment as the linked article points out. The Green Bice of the colored pencils is a simulation. But it sure looks nice, the exact equal of new leaves, at least for a few days.

Markers and colored pencils, 4" x 5 1/2", May 2, 2018.

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