How to Paint Foliage

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Painting foliage requires you to have a palette filled with a variety of greens, but also a little bit of white and some brown. Paint foliage the right way with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth and I'm going to teach you how to paint foliage. So, out on your palette you should have a variety of greens, little bit of white and I'm actually going to add some browns, some burnt umber for some dead leaves, a little bit of yellow ochre. The foliage I'm going to be painting is sort of end of summer foliage when the leaves are just barely starting to change color. So, I might even want just a tiny, tiny bit of red on there. And I'm going to take a round soft brush like this one and just create kind of a pale green wash and just kind of think about the rough shape of a tree. This is going to be a bit abstract. And you're just going to create a base to work off of. Once you have that down, take a smaller round brush and dip in to any of your colors and you're going to kind of just have your brush down flat like parallel with your, your paper or your canvas and you're just going to rapidly dab it down onto the paper like this using all your different colors; and all your different leaf colors. And let them overlap and blend into each other just like leaves do on an actual tree. And you can make the leaves as dense as you would like. You could even do a layer of leaves, let that dry and then add another layer. But, after awhile, by building them up, it should really begin to give the appearance of an actual tree with its many leaves and washed foliage. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to paint foliage.

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