How to paint fir trees

by Marian Drake
(Portland, Oregon, USA)

Fir Tree

Fir Tree

First of all, I followed Bob Davies' tutorial on the fir tree in the "Winter Trees" lesson video.

Additionally, I discovered that I like using a dry brush for this. And I use a combination of Bob's fir tree lesson and the one on summer trees. A wild fir tree in Nature (as opposed to a Christmas tree fir) has some exposed trunk showing. So first I painted the leaves, leaving a few air holes, and then put in the trunk in 3 places. (I used a flat 3/4" sable brush for the whole thing; just held the brush differently for the trunk and for the leaves -- see Bob's video on winter trees.)

Also, this works very well every time with a dry brush. If the brush is too wet, the lacy texture does not happen. I "flick" the brush lightly to achieve this effect.

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Very Useful!
by: Bonny

This article is full of useful tips. I especially like the drybrush idea and the technique of flicking the brush.

I'll be trying these tips or myself!

Thanks for sharing!

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by: Anonymous

I love this tree! It has so much character. Like it grew on a mountain slope, it prospered but at the same time suffered through the elements!

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