Painting the Background Trees

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I’ll begin with the background. The darkness of the trees will accentuate the horses and splashing water. My color mixes are shown above. #1. Two mixes of MUD + White + a touch of Cadmium Orange. #2. Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Cool greens made of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. Warmer greens mixed with various proportions of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + White. #5. Three shades of mixes #3 + a little Lemon Yellow + White.

VIDEO: Following the simple rule Cool Colors Go Back, Warm Colors Come Forward the background is blocked in.

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Leaves are added loosely to give the impression of the foliage. I don’t want to paint each and every individual leaf. Then I go back and “Punch” sky holes into the mass of green to indicate the shapes of trees.

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The brush and golden grass along the bank finishes out today’s session. The colors are kept muted so they will remain in the background. I really appreciate you following along. Please remember, you can click on any of the images to see them larger. Hugs,

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4 Responses to “Painting the Background Trees”

  1. Patrice Says:

    Thank you for continuing to do this. I always love to see and watch for what you may be working on next.

  2. wafaa darwisha Says:

    I never imagined dense trees in the background could be that beautiful…I was waiting for that…Thank you Mikki.

  3. Donna Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing how you paint. I have painted my whole life (67yrs) but was always missing the mark. Life was to busy and full to really apply myself to learn. Now it is slowing down and I have your sharing and your husbands books. Between you two , in just a month I’ve learned so much. Thank you

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