5 Paint a Forest
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This lesson is for oils or acrylic.
Paint this rainforest scene in oil or acrylic.
The color in this painting is Phthalo Green.
You may use another color instead of Phthalo Green.
Common colors you may wish to try – Prussian Blue (or any blue)
Violet, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber,
Prussian Green (or a similar green).
The size or shape of your canvas does not matter.
So let us learn how to paint a rainforest.
Ensure your brush is clean before painting the background.
If your brush is a little dirty, clean it then saturate it in the green paint and then clean it again.
(that way if it is still dirty well it is dirty in the right color)
Try for some pure white areas in the background.
Use deliberate and bold brush strokes.
Do not try to hide your brush strokes.
Keep away from your white spots in the background we need them.
Clean your brush well before picking up the dark foreground color.
Do not keep brushing over your tree trunks, leave them rough.
Try to lean the trees into the picture.
Have the light on the inside of the tree trunks.
Arrange your foliage so it forms a frame around the painting.
Do not arrange your foliage too neat, have it rugged.
Use the foliage to cover any mistakes in the branches.
Use the foliage to stop the eye traveling off the picture.
Keep your bottom corners very dark.
This tutorial video will take you step by step through the how to paint a rainforest exercise.