How To Paint An Autumn Tree In Watercolor

Color and Techniques For Past Peak Foliage

This lesson shows how to paint a colorful fall tree with easy techniques. It also covers color in light, shade and shadow.

That Autumn Color

The tree in this lesson is past its peak. The color has started to fade, and more leaves have dropped. These trees are a bit easier on the eyes, but have challenges in trying to show light and form.

Leaves As A Group

One key to painting great looking fall trees is to think of the leaves in groups rather than as individual leaves. In a painting, it is best to focus on the mass shapes of leaves together.  When painting groups of leaves it helps create a unified shape and actually makes it easier to paint and allows some additional “flourish” with our brushwork.

This lesson will show you how easy it is to get great looking trees with so little effort. Even better, the lesson uses three basic techniques: wet-into-wet, dry-into-wet, and drybrush.  So, it’s a great lesson for painting trees and a great lesson for learning the basic ways to handle the beautiful medium of watercolor!

Pencil Lines In The Drawing Layout

One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially around the foliage mass shapes. There is a good chance the lines will show through the paint or not be with paint at all.

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