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Art Masterclass - 101

How to Paint a Simple Tree using Acrylic Paints

http://www.painters-online.co.uk/magazines/default.asp?magazine=12

Terry Harrison - Posted on 12 Sep 2009


You will need:

Support

  • Medium-grain canvas board

Atelier Interactive Acrylic Colours

  • Cadmium yellow
  • Forest green
  • Burnt umber
  • White

Brushes

  • Terry Harrison foliage brush or 1/2in flat bristle
  • Terry Harrison half rigger or No. 3 rigger

Miscellaneous

  • Stay-wet palette

Step One


With the half rigger and a dark green mixed from forest green and burnt umber, paint the tree trunk and branches.

How to paint a tree - Step one

Step Two


Using the same mix of green as the tree trunk and the foliage brush, stipple the leaves on top of the tree shape. Allow this to dry.

How to paint a tree - Step two

Step Three


Mix a lighter colour by adding a little white to the dark green mix. If the colour becomes too dull and milky, add a little cadmium yellow to brighten it. Lightly stipple the sunlit parts of the foliage on top of the darks. This will create an instant three-dimensional effect.

How to paint a tree by Terry Harrison - Step three

Tips


Always paint in the direction that the tree grows. Start at the bottom of the tree trunk then add the branches.
Avoid having the paint too wet. Always remove any excess water from the brush by either squeezing the brush head with your fingers or by dabbing the wet brush onto some kitchen towel. If the brush is overloaded, the paint will flood out of the brush; if the paint is too thick, the paint will simply not flow from the brush.

This demonstration is from the first in a series on painting landscapes by Terry Harrison.

 


 


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