Lessons on How to Paint Grass

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Painting grass isn't nearly as simple and basic as it may initially seem. Get lessons on how to paint grass 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 give you a lesson on how to paint grass. Now, for grass you want to have more than just one green. So, I'm going to squeeze out some of this lighter green onto my palette, a little bit of darker green and of course, if you don't have green, you can mix yellow and blue to make green. Maybe you want to squeeze out a little bit of yellow, a little bit of white and I think that's pretty good; maybe a little bit of blue to make my own green with the yellow. Alright. Now, you're going to take a largish brush and make, kind of a middle tone green by mixing your lighter green with your darker green or just by mixing yellow and blue. And you're going to thin that paint out and just create a wash on your paper canvas with that medium green. And this will establish a base for you to then go back and add details into. So, brush your paint on; you can do it horizontally or vertically, and even create a little bit of variation within that wash. So, maybe some darker green closer to you; a little bit of yellow mixed in there to give some vibrance, vibrancy. Alright. And once you've put that green down, you're going to take a fine pointed brush like this one, make sure it's clean and now is the fun part, you're going to, go over your washy background and add some vertical little patches of detailed grass. Keep in mind that objects that are close appear to be bigger and objects that are farther appear to be smaller. So, when you're making your patches of grass, the grass towards the bottom of the page should be made with larger brush strokes and the grass that's further away can be made with short tiny little brush strokes. Take your white and you can make kind of a sea foam green. And just keep going with that until you're satisfied with how it looks. My name is Abbeth and I just showed you a lesson on how to paint grass.


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