Painting Early Spring Trees

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Easy techniques for great looking early spring trees

In early spring, trees look much like they do in winter. The difference is that budding leaves create a lace of color at the end of the twigs and branches. The effect is easy to capture in watercolor using the drybrush technique.
We’ll learn how to create both the fine branches and the leaf buds in this quick lesson.

What you’ll need

  • Medium round, small round, 1/4″ flat  and the rigger
  • A couple simple mixtures – Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna for the tree trunk and branches, Burnt Sienna and Permanent Alizarin Crimson for the buds
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press about 10″ x 10″ or so

Get ready, turn on the video and let’s jump in!

Try This Landscape Project Next!

Here’s a lesson where we paint a landscape scene the way it migh look in early spring. You’ll get a chance to paint an early spring tree and other elements of the spring landsape.

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