Keys to Painting Trees and Foliage

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Capture nature's majestic splendor in your paintings with realistic trees and foliage. You'll learn expert advice from a prestigious gathering of landscape artists -- each a master at rendering realistic trees and foliage in watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, oil, acrylic or pastel.

Stanley Maltzman shows you how to sketch a tree-covered mountain in pencil. Claudia Nice shares her secrets for creating leaf textures in pen and ink. Learn watercolor techniques for painting...

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Overview

Capture nature's majestic splendor in your paintings with realistic trees and foliage. You'll learn expert advice from a prestigious gathering of landscape artists -- each a master at rendering realistic trees and foliage in watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, oil, acrylic or pastel.

Stanley Maltzman shows you how to sketch a tree-covered mountain in pencil. Claudia Nice shares her secrets for creating leaf textures in pen and ink. Learn watercolor techniques for painting ice on trees from Zoltan Szabo. Discover how to paint glowing autumn leaves in watercolor from Dawn Heim. It's all just a taste of the techniques and demonstrations waiting inside!

Your artistic experience will be complete with exercises in pencil values, shading methods, setting a horizon line and sketching thumbnails. Your paintings will grow into works of art so real -- and so natural -- you'll wonder if the advice in Keys to Painting: Trees & Foliage was created by Mother Nature Herself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581801873
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Keys to Painting Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Drawing Trees & Foliage 8
The Proper Way to Hold a Pencil
Pencil Values
Shading Methods
Cross-Hatching
Carpenter's Pencil
Blending
Thumbnails
Balancing Elements
Horizon Lines
Chapter 2 Painting Trees 22
Simple Tree Shapes
A Variety of Tree Shapes
Tree Bark
Grasses
Mix an Assortment of Greens
Demonstration: Watercolor--Bare Winter Trees
Demonstration: Oil--Painting Mountain Pines
Fun Techniques for Painting Trees
Demonstration: Mixed Medium--Create Trees Through Spray Painting
Correcting With Collage
Chapter 3 Painting Foliage & Grasses 44
Demonstration: Watercolor--Realistic Autumn Leaves
Break Away From Tube Greens
Complementary Colors for Foliage
Try Bold Bright Foliage Colors
Demonstration: Pen and Ink--Leaf Textures in Pen and Ink
Weeds and Grasses
Moss and Ferns
Lichen
Mushrooms
Demonstration: Watercolor--Paint Grasses and Reeds
Demonstration: Watercolor--Close-Up: Grasses and Reeds
Chapter 4 Winter Works Magic on Trees & Foliage 74
Drawing Trees in Light Snow
Techniques for Showing Heavy Snow
Demonstration: Graphite Pencil--Drawing a Snowy Landscape
Drawing Tree-Covered Mountains
Snow on Trees
Drawing Winter Leaves
Watercolor Shadows on Snow
Sunlight on Snow
Warmly Lit Snow
Falling Snow
Trees in Heavy Snow
Young Spruce in Snow
Ice on Trees
Frost on Trees
Mist
Demonstration: Acrylic--A Wooded Snow Scene
Chapter 5 Painting Trees "En Plein Air" & "En Studio" 102
Nature and You
Demonstration: Oil--En Plein Air in Winter
Demonstration: Acrylic--A Snow Scene From a Photograph
Demonstration: Pastel--Sunlight Penetrating a Morning Fog
Mood Changes From the Outdoors to the Studio
Oil Sketches Become Studio Paintings
Index 126
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