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Focus on trees

Part 2 Having practised last month’s exercises, follow Stephen Coates step by step as you paint your own landscape with trees the easy way



How to use brushes to create various effects and textures

Make sense of green in a tree-filled landscape

Colour mixing for landscapes

In last month’s article, I suggested the following would help you to paint landscapes and especially trees in landscapes, where green predominates:

1 Carefully prepare the palette with mixed warm colours instead of the greens provided by the manufacturers, which are often far too vivid.

2 Spend time testing and practise painting the trees in the composition before committing them to the finished painting.

3 Choose a landscape where the green areas are broken up with features that have contrasting colours, such as walls, paths and buildings. Furthermore, limit the size of areas of green foliage, ensuring they don’t completely overpower the composition. It is for precisely those reasons that I chose this photograph (below) as the basis for the following demonstration.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of styles, media and ideas for you to follow this month. David Bellamy introduces his techniques for using watercolour pencils when sketching landscapes, and Hazel Soan completes her series on painting wildlife in watercolour with three exciting demonstrations, culminating in the lion's head you see on this month's front cover. Charles Evans offers a step-by-step demonstration of a snow scene, which is just perfect for a Christmas card, and Judith Milne gives ideas and inspiration for producing floral cards for this time of year. There is a tutorial on painting reflections in different types of water, good composition ideas and an array of tips, techniques, practical advice and demonstrations to inspire you. Enjoy your month of painting.