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How to paint a landscape with trees. Adaptive Arts lesson plan. Detailed instructions. Acrylics and oil pastels.

Assignment inspired by artist Patty Baker

Picture via PinsDaddy.com

Below are two ways to interpret this beautiful painting by Patty Baker.

The first version is more advanced and requires more eye-hand coordination skills.

The second version is more adaptive. It is more simplified and few steps are replaced with additional media.

GALLERY

advanced method

advanced method

adapted method

STEPS

advanced method

step 1

Set up your work area.

You will need: canvas board, acrylic paint, water, big brushes, paper towel, craft sticks (for paint mixing), and mixing tray.

Premix a dark shade of acrylic paint.

I used very dark purple.

Apply a free-form shape at the top of the canvas. This will be the trees crowns.

Use loose wide brush strokes.

Keep it within the top 1/4 of the composition.

Use the same paint to draw the shape at the bottom of the canvas. This will be the ground.

Keep it thin enough.

Let these two shapes dry.

step 2

Premix dark-red paint.

Paint a free-form stripe for background trees.

Let it dry.

step 3

Paint 5-9 thick lines from trees crowns to the bottom of your canvas.

Hold flat brush sideways.

Use same paint that you used for tree crowns and ground.

Group some of the trees.

Have the lines bend a little.

Add a few branches.

Let it dry.

step 4

Choose colors for the sky.

Use at least 2 colors plus White (White is needed to cover over the dark spots).

Start painting with loose brush strokes.

Do not blend colors - you want to see some color variations.

Strokes should be short enough.

Fill in all negative space.

Use paint to fix some imperfections of the trees. You can make adjust thickness of some trunks and brunches for more variety and interest.

Let it dry!

step 5

Choose a color for the tree tops and background shape (trees in a distance).

Use at least 2 colors + White

Start painting loosely.

Leave some of the underpainting visible. Especially the edges.

Use parts of underpainting as shadows.

Loosely paint background. Use slightly lighter shades. Leave gaps for the trees.

Leave some under painting visible (dark red in my example).

Let dry.

step 6

Pick colors for the ground shape.

Paint the bottom shape.

Leave gaps for the trees. Leave some underpainting visible.

Let it dry.

step 7

Add a few random strokes of other colors to the ground shape.

step 8

To add depth to the painting - you can add lighter shades of the trees color.

adapted method

day 1

Premix dark-blue or dark-brown acrylic paint.

Apply a free-form shape at the top of the canvas. This will be the trees crowns.

Keep it within the top 1/4 of the composition.

Use the same paint to draw the shape at the bottom of the canvas. This will be the ground.

Keep it thin enough.

Let these two shapes dry.

day 2

Premix dark-red paint.

Paint a free-form stripe for background trees.

Let it dry.

day 3

Draw 5-7 thick lines for the trees.

Use a thick black marker.

Add a few branches.

day 4

Premix 2 colors.

Color 1:

Paint the tree tops.

Leave some of the dark underpainting visible.

Paint the ground shape..

Leave the gap for trees while painting.

Color 2:

Paint the background trees.

Leave gaps and underpainting spots.

day 5

Prepare oil pastels, turpentine, and flat brush.

Blend two colors inside each blank spot.

Use a brush with turpentine to blend and spread the colors.

Cover up all white spots.

Continue coloring. Start with lighter color, then add a darker one.

You might want to vive it a few days for turpentine to dry.

Done!

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