1/2” Bristle Brush
#2 Rigger Brush
1/4 or 1/8 sheet
Cold Pressed or Rough
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on
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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.
Plenty of pigment, very little water and don’t rinse your brush when you go from one color to the next on your palette.
Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have Phthalo Blue. Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold