ACRYLIC ART Intermediate Lessons "TREES - #1"

  • By Brenda Smith
  • 12 Jul, 2016
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Acrylic Intermediate Lesson "Trees #1"
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I created a simple background with greens, blues, browns and yellow with a stried vertical brush stroke, blending colors.  This background is simplistic so we can focus on the tree itself.
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  • I painted the basic background of the tree with a black/brown acrylic mixture on the left to create the shadow area of the tree.  
  • I used raw sienna and white to create the highlighted area of the tree on the right.  I did the same with the rock on the left.
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  • I used the same color mixtures to carry the light colors over to the left and then took some black/burnt umber brown mixture to add smaller branches and some shadows on small areas of the tree trunk.
  • I used some of the burnt umber in smaller areas of the trunk to add more shadows and color interest.
  • I added a shadow underneath the rock and to the left side of the tree.
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  • I added some raw sienna around the shadowed area, as well as blending the rock with a bit of softness (hint of blue with the white) to complete the rock.
  • Add a little more texture to the tree trunk with the colors I used already.
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  • I used raw sienna and burnt umber, stippling the dark base areas of the tree leaves.
  • I also used some of the above colors below the rock.
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  • I added some white mixed with raw sienna, as well as a bit of yellow.  These areas are done over the base leaves, creating highlighted areas.
  • I used a sword striper brush and made some grass around the tree trunk.  
  • I used some of the brown/black to create a slight ground anchor on the bottom of the painting.  There you have it!  

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