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12-10-2016, 03:02 PM
can someone please please help me figure out how to paint the tree in this picture...i have no idea how to even start...I am using acrylic and am looking for the more time efficient way to get the tree done...thank you

12-10-2016, 05:20 PM
The best way to get started is to start painting.
Once the paint hits the canvas the rest will come to you pretty quickly.

12-10-2016, 05:32 PM
It is a partial tree at best. Do you really need the tree in your work?
I would lose the railing and the bit of pipe sticking up also. Perhaps even that last little piece of decking.

12-10-2016, 08:17 PM
Are you a detail painter , or a looser style painter?
Loose should be quicker , just suggest the color & shape..

If you share what you have done so far , we can suggest better ideas.

12-10-2016, 08:39 PM
practice on your pallet with different brushes to get the effect you want. i'd suggest a small, flat brush.


12-13-2016, 01:19 AM
You said ... "I am using acrylic and am looking for the more time efficient way to get the tree done...thank you"

Acknowledging the prior comments ... I think this is what you are looking for-

Crumpled Cellophane...
allow me to suggest a little secret to trees and foliage ...

1- Once you have used a liner brush or the edge of a flat brush to establish the limbs -
2- dip your crumpled cellophane into yellow-green color and lightly kiss your canvas along the limbs.

Takes a few seconds at most.

Picassolite (https://focuspointshape.com) :angel:

12-13-2016, 01:06 PM
I don't work in acrylics but this is the method I use.

Mix three shades of green - One dark
one medium
One light

Paint he dark green first (leave space for the view behind the tree)

Now paint the tree trunk and limbs ( use a liner for the limbs)

Now using a round or flat bristle brush, dip the brush tip into the medium green and tap in the tree needles.

Lastly use the light green and add highlighs.

Clean the brush often when using the medium and light green since it will pick up the paint below it. I just wipe it clean on a paper towel.

The only way to get the three greens right is trial and error.

This method works for me hope it helps.