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Nature in Watercolor: Painting Trees


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Learn how to paint aspen trees and vibrant foliage with captivating form alongside instructor Ronald Pratt. Start by planning a compelling composition with a value sketch. Then, block in the major elements of your painting and mask out negative space for your aspens. Get tips for mixing rich colors in the hues and values you want, and use them with a variety of techniques and tools to create breathtaking foliage, textured grasses and more. Next, lighten and darken values to add dimension to your work, paint dark pine trees in the distance and add interest to the sky. Remove your liquid mask to reveal brilliant white aspen trunks, and then add shadows for depth before bringing your trees to life with branches, scrapes and knots. Plus, fine-tune your work with painterly effects for an organic, outstanding finished piece.