Going Green

Before I Go Green I have to welcome two new subscribers who have joined the blog this week. We have J in Bentleigh and Alpacas in Sydney. We are thrilled to have you join our on-line art community and hope that you will gain much enjoyment and stimulation from our posts.

When I read Julie's blog on Coles Bay and Caroline's blog a week or so ago on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne I am reminded of the magnificent diversity of the Australian landscape. For me at the moment with the dreadful droughts and the horrendous bushfire season we have experienced, I am reflecting on how lucky I am because of the Green in My World.

But before I talk about Green some dry facts about Australia:

  1. Australian deserts make up about 18% of the continent.

  2. A full 35% of Australia receives so little rainfall, it is classified as desert.

  3. 70% of the country is classified as arid or semi-arid, which means it gets less
    than 500 mm of rain a year.

  4. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Only Antarctica is drier.

  5. Only 3% of the Australian population live in the dry 70% of the continent; the
    rest of our people is concentrated on the coasts.(outback-australia-travel-

  6. The largest desert in Australia is The Great Victoria Desert which covers
    about 424,400 km2 (163,900 miles2) according to most sources. This desert alone is
    about the same size as Morocco or nearly twice the size of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest deserts in the world.

  7. Some people mistakenly believe that The Great Victoria Desert is in the state of
    Victoria which is not so. This huge desert runs between Western Australia and
    South Australia. The Great Victoria Desert is, in fact, twice as large as the
    state of Victoria which is where I live as do Jane, Caroline and Julie.

The great Victoria Desert


I tell you these facts so you will know just how lucky I am to live in the Garden State of Victoria, which along with Tasmania where Julie was when she visited Coles Bay last week, is the only state not to have any part of the land classified as a desert. We have a temperate climate and therefore the land that is not covered in forests is grassland. In the summer of course and times of drought the grass burns off to interesting shades of sun tanned browns and loses its lush green tones.

But not much more than 100 years ago nearly 90% of Victoria was covered in forests but sadly some of us have ancestors that cleared the land for farming and now only about 35% of our state is forested.

The great Victoria Desert

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But today I want to remind you that you don't have to travel miles to see all the colours of green. Just look around you. Come for a little walk with me around my garden and take a few moments to compare the many tints, shades and tones of green.

And what is the diffference between shades, tones, tints?

In the field of design, every color has what are called tints and shades. A tint of a basic color is a lighter version of that color, and a shade is a darker version. Tone is a general term to describe the lightness or darkness (tint or shade) of a basic color. (

The great Victoria Desert

So how many greens are there?

This colour cards shows you some.

The great Victoria Desert


Check out this site if you are into being green in your art.

And for your information the Search button today is Chartreuse.