Oil Painting Technique for Trees

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You can use a variety of different oil painting techniques to give a more natural and realistic look to your trees. Learn about oil painting techniques for trees 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 show you how to paint trees with oil paint. So, it might seem like a complicated thing to paint trees, as trees are very complex. But, the way I’m going to show you is a nice simplified way of painting trees. You’re going to take some brown, and just make some vertical brush strokes with a flat brush, like this one, just a little flat brush. And, think about how objects closer to you are larger, and objects further away are smaller. And, you can create some nice perspective in your forest by making larger tree trunks lower on the page, closer to you, and smaller tree trunks higher on the page, further away from you. And, once you feel like you have a decent number of tree trunks down the page, you’re going to switch brushes to a slightly larger, more rounded brush, like this one. And, now you’re going to get some green on your brush, and just kind of dab the brush down onto the paper, putting your green down over those tree trunks. I’ve decided I’m going to make some pine trees, but depending on the shape that you the green paint down in, these could be any type of trees that you would like. And, stay with that perspective that you created earlier. The trees further away from you should be smaller. The trees closer to you should be larger. For pine trees, you’re just kind of doing a simple triangular shape. And, don’t be afraid to let your tree overlap each other, just as they would in nature. And, you’re just kind of doing quick, loose brush strokes for these trees. Now, once you have that first layer of green down, you can take an even smaller brush, like this one, and go back in with some darker green, and just add some little details to your trees. So, that’s just going to be similar types of brush strokes to what you did earlier, just with the smaller brush, and the darker green. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to paint trees with oil paint.

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