Painting woods adds dimension to a landscape, particularly when the trees cast a profusion of shadows. Linseed oil is ideal for creating delicate washes between light and shade and knit the forest painting together.
Painting a Wooded Scene
At first, the scene may confuse the eye for its array of light and shadow. The secret is to simplify the scene. In this example, an avenue slices through the trees, creating a tunnel like effect. For this reason, the eye is drawn into the picture. The following recommendations may help the artist.
Tips on Painting Woods
Juxtaposing delicate washes with solid colours creates interesting contrasts within a painting, and is a great way of expressing different qualities of sunlight found within a forest thicket.
Demonstration on Painting a Wood
Firstly, white, pthalo blue and a little linseed oil to make the paint flow were applied onto various areas of the sky and the thoroughfare between the trees.
Painting Trees Impressionist Style
greens and dry patches. White, burnt sienna and permanent rose were used in selected places; viridian and white on others.
Getting carried away with detail on the trees will merely give the painting an illustrated feel. To retain a painterly expression, imply detail by allowing brush marks to remain as the French Impressionists did.
The Colour of Shadows
Pthalo blue, white and linseed oil was applied to the sky prior to the treetops. The linseed oil adds fluidity and a sense of movement to the numerous branches. Ultramarine and burnt umber was then dabbed to the shaded branches of the trees.
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