This Acrylic Tree Painting Starts With Your Imagination

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This isn't your run-of-the-mill maple tree. For starters, there's no reference photo — this tree is found only in your imagination. And that means anything goes! We'll show you how to bring your vision to life with lots of splatter, speckles, glare and other abstract techniques that capture a dreamy mood.

Dream-Like Tree

Level: Intermediate

What You Need

  • Artist’s Tape (optional)
  • Yard stick (optional)
  • Large, medium and small paint brushes
  • Chromium oxide green paint
  • Burnt umber paint
  • Titanium white paint
  • Cobalt blue paint
  • Scarlet red paint
  • Brilliant blue paint
  • Yellow ochre paint


Lay out your paints and grab your large brush — then follow along and grow that tree!

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From Painting the Imagined Landscape in Acrylics

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Find Your Next Project

If you're looking for a more realistic tree painting, try your hand at detailing these leaves and apple blossoms. Or venture into other nature scenes with dramatic sunflowers or a sky and seascape. The world is at your brush tip!

Spring into a light, airy painting of a blossoming apple tree. Marianne shows you how to create a spring-like palette and bring life into your tree structure. Learn how to create depth for new-growth leaves and a sense of individual blossoms by picking a center of focus to boost your detail work.
Advance your color mixing skills by focusing on the color yellow. Using a vibrant sunflower painting as an example, Lexi addresses the challenges of painting shadows that appear radiant, rather than bland. You'll discover her time-tested technique for mixing and applying complementary colors, and additional pigments, to create luminous shadows. Plus, sharpen your observation skills by learning how to paint the subtleties of a scene.
Stormy skies are dynamic and exciting -- and fun to paint! Begin with a blue-gray ground, then pull color off the canvas to reveal the lighter areas of your sky. Kathleen shows how to add the shadows of storm clouds and the warmth of sunlight coming from behind them. Complete your stormy sky with wind and rain.

March 19, 2019
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