A genuine green earth made from the natural mineral glauconite sourced from Cyprus.
This is quite an impressive tube of paint, in masstone it is a high chroma, dark green. I am surprised by just how green it is for an earth. Spread thinly it displays yellow undertones and is very transparent.
It's tints are muted, green greys. The tint strength is low but it doesn't get 'lost' quite as much as Terre Verte in mixes.
Some interesting information from Rublev about green earths;
"Most oil colours labeled "green earth" from artists' paint manufacturers do not actually contain the natural mineral, but rather is a mixture of synthetic chromium oxide green and sometimes barium sulfate with either a natural yellow ochre or yellow iron oxide. Rublev's Nicosia Green Earth contains only the actual mineral from Cyprus and linseed oil.
Green earth was used in verdaccio--a style of underpainting that uses green-grey colours to establish values for later layers of paint. Verdaccio is renowned for being particularly effective when painting flesh tones. It was popular amongst Italian Renaissance artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci who used verdaccio underpainting in his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa."
Pigment - PG23
Binder - Linseed Oil
Opacity - Transparent
Drying Time - Average
This is a fantastic cool green earth and a very quick dryer too. It also is a weak enough tinter to add in small quantities of other colors to speed up drying without altering the hue too much. It is uniquely cool and has none of the acidity you generally see with green earths. A great complement to a warmer green earth on a palette.
A paint best suited for specific needs, not a virsitile every day go to green. Subtle, a weak, mute tint, nice for green grey shadow underpainting. Useful for portraits.
This is my favourite green earth from Rublev & another top quality tube of paint. Tinted with flake white gives you some lovely cool light greens which work very well sitting next to a red earth on the canvas. You really can't go wrong with these amazing paints as the quality is immediately obvious as soon as you use them. Being transparent makes this a good choice for glazing but however you choose to use this paint you won't be disappointed.