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Start painting in oil or acrylic.
This simple painting lesson shows how to paint foliage in acrylic and how to paint foliage in oil, we use the same double loading the brush and the dab dab brush stroke for all mediums.
In this monochrome painting we learn to paint foliage. We learn a simple dab dab brush stroke with two colors on the brush at the one time.
The light and dark foliage forms umbrella shapes on our trees. (The light foliage is in the sunlight, the dark foliage is in the shadow of the light foliage)
Follow the short video tutorial and see how easy it is to paint lifelike foliage.
I paint this scene in Acrylic art paint, you may use oils.
The color is Burnt Umber and White, you may use any dark color and White.
If you are using oil paints, thin the paint slightly so it will flow off the brush.
Practice your foliage brushstroke before adding foliage to your trees.
Wipe your brush before picking up paint, wipe it by squeezing and pulling it through a rag, this will make the brush form a chizel point with which you can pick up dark on one side and white on the other.
Make sure you load the very tip of the brush.
Remember; keep your foliage very dark on your foremost tree.
This painting is about 10×12 inches; you may use any size board or canvas.
Take your time and try for the dark tones in the foreground and the pale tones in the background.