Another green world: How an artist found inspiration in the Thames mud

Lucy Mayes’s latest eye-catching natural pigment was born of a chance encounter with a river-washed red brick in her native London

Reflecting the deep greens of a John Constable painting, Constable Green’s earthy hue can envelop a room when used on all four walls, or act as a grounding contrast in paler schemes

Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places, as one artist found when her mud-larking in a riverbed led her on a path to creating natural pigments using unexpected materials.

Lucy Mayes’s latest creation, Constable Green, evolved from pigments extracted from trees, plants and earthy compounds, and is the new seasonal shade paint shade from interior design house, Neptune.

Using the pastoral paintings of 19th-century artist John Constable as inspiration, Neptune collaborated with ...