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Colours for trees

Julie Collins advises on possible colours and colour combinations for trees, both traditional and imaginative, with tips on how to plan and paint them

THE LANGUAGE OF COLOUR: 2ND OF 6

Julie Collins studied painting at the University of Reading. Her work is exhibited widely in the UK and she has received numerous awards. www.juliecollins.co.uk

Trees are an important element in many landscape paintings, and it is tempting to think of trees as just green. Of course they are often green, but as soon as you begin to look closely you will find many other colours. If you work outdoors to observe and sketch trees you would have enough information about colours for trees to last a lifetime. At this point it is well worth pointing out that trees can be quite difficult to draw and, rather than looking at the structure of the tree, it can be tempting to generalise and make squiggles and zigzags. When my trees go wrong it is because I haven’t taken enough care over the drawing. If I’m in too much of a hurry I neglect this part of my work and inevitably this means I will end up producing an unconvincing tree – if the underlying drawing is weak or careless, it doesn’t matter how successful my colour is.

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Welcome to our August issue packed with practical, how-to articles and demonstrations to help inspire and guide your drawing and painting over the summer months. Our top team of professional artists and tutors are passionate about sharing their ideas and technical skills to help you learn from their experience. The issue is brimming over with features covering all media and subject matter, including advice from Paul Riley on the advantages and benefits of using water-mixable oils and Robert Dutton on how to incorporate the use of acrylic spray paints to great effect in your mixed-media work. Watercolourists will love the different approaches and ideas shared by Vivienne Cawson (flowers), Amanda Hyatt (tonal impressions), Geoff Hunt (working en plein air), Robert Brindley (street scenes) and Julie Collins, who offers some great ideas about colours and colour combinations for painting trees. All this and more, plus look out for the 'swipe for more images' and hand logo to see even more images from our wonderful artists. And don't forget to enter the last of our summer sketching competition challenges set by Adebanji Alade, with prizes up for grabs from GreatArt!