Workshop: Using Trees in Landscapes

Join professional artist Grahame Booth live from N.Ireland for a 2-3hour workshop to paint a lovely river scene with bridge. Filmed live on 1st December 2020.


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**See workshop reference pictures and recommended materials below**

Painting a convincing tree is one thing but trees in the landscape require a lot of extra thought.

Grahame will show you how to paint trees with lots of tips on how to make them look realistic but he will also cover the often neglected idea of creating depth with a simple approach to differentiate between the close and distant trees. He will also cover the importance of painting groups of trees rather than many individuals as well as how to integrate them with the ground vegetation.

The subject is a river scene and a bridge, with the trees disappearing into the distance. Although photographed in winter we’ll turn the clock back a little to create some autumn colour.

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From the workshop:


Recommended Materials:

Grahame will use 140lb Millford NOT paper along with a variety of brushes from Rosemary and Co. Any good quality watercolour paper, rough or NOT (cold pressed) can be used but make sure you have at least one or two well pointed round brushes as well as a swordliner or rigger for the smaller branches and twigs.

Grahame will be using his usual palette which consists of:

French ultramarine, phthalo blue GS, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow, quinacridone gold, aureolin, naples yellow and white gouache. He will not use all of these colours in the painting.

Do not feel you must use the same materials. It is better that you use paint and materials you are familiar with.

A water spray will also be used along with kitchen roll.