Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Art Skool Lesson, Painting Leaves

Do you hide under your bed when the need to paint leaves strikes you?
Try getting to know your brushes better. Take each one out for a spin but not before you check out their shape. Study the brush, analyze it's edges and then pick it up. Dip your brush into any green paint and make some marks with different parts of the brush, the body, the tip, the corner if it has one. Then hold the brush in different positions with your hand, vertical to the paper, horizntal if you can, grip it way back on the handle and close to the brush itself.
Experiment with pressure on the brush. Press it so lightly its like a flutter of butterfly wings. Try pressing the body  of the brush down to make the fattest part of your leaf, then use the lightest pressure and the pointiest part of the brush for the tip of the leaf. 
Please don't even think about mixing the right color green paint, that's a whole other Tuesday lesson. 
Try out these ideas with a bunch of leaves you find in your yard, the park or where ever. Try getting to know at least 4  of your brushes and let me know how this works for you.


Last Cup Of Coffee said...

wonderful lesson!

Polly Birchall said...

This is a good lesson, not just for leaves but seeing what your brush does.