Phthalo Blue
Burnt Sienna
Quinacridone Gold

1/2” Bristle Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 or 1/8 sheet
Cold Pressed or Rough

Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on
Paper towel

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Easy Trees - Broadleaf


The great thing about trees is their loose, organic shape. It’s pretty hard to go wrong. Practice doing a few of these broad leaf trees - even on the back of old paintings. After three or four you should be doing them with confidence.


  • Beware of Green
    It can really become an overpowering color. Mixing in a little more Burnt Sienna keeps it under control.

  • Watch your edges.
    Variety is the key word here - loose broken areas, hard sharp sections, soft lost parts. The more variation you can get into that outside edge, the more convincing your foliage will be.

  • Modelling the foliage
    Dropping darker pigment into the lower areas of the clumps of foliage adds to the 3D appearance of the tree.

  • Dark Colors
    Plenty of pigment, very little water and don’t rinse your brush when you go from one color to the next on your palette.

  • Substitute Colors
    Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have Phthalo Blue. Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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