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Painting Fir Trees


So lets tackle a Watercolor Painting Fir Trees.




Mix up some dark greenish paint.  Take up a number 6 or 8 liner (rigger) and load it with fairly thick paint (not too much water).

The four key ingredients for painting a good looking fir tree are.............

1)   -   Start at the very top of the tree, make a short vertical thin brush stroke downward.  This will be the very start of the trunk although not very much will be visible in the finished painting.

2)   -    Place the brush on the lline then flick the brush outward and upward.  Just like you were brushing crumbs with the back of your hand.

3)    -    Repeat this procedure in a vertical manner all the way down the trunk of the tree.  Leaving some gaps showing the vertical trunk.

4)    -    If you mess-up, place another one close by join the two.



Here's the real secret of painting these fir trees.  The brush must be damp with the paint not wet and when you flick it you will get a lot of texture.  You can see by adding more water you can get distance into some far trees.

[Note: Subscribers to "Jim's Watercolor Challenge" were able to view real-time video demonstrations on painting fir tress in watercolor.]

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Watercolor Basics

One of the biggest reasons that students fail in painting Watercolor is................. JUDGING YOUR EARLY ARTISTIC EFFORTS.



Watercolor for Beginners

Learn the basics of watercolor painting... from choosing the right paper and brushes to learning basic techniques of glazing and how to frame your work.



Watercolor Techniques

Learn just a few of the various techniques used most often by professional watercolorists to bring interest, texture and "life" to their watercolor paintings.

Each technique is fully demonstrated.


Painting Trees

Although trees are made up of many parts and endless textures don't let them become overwhelming, you cannot fall out of these painted trees. I know you can paint good looking trees with a little help. So lets see how you are going to do this without getting bent out of shape, irritated or what-ever you do when those Green Balls on sticks appear.......been there...done that.

Painting Landscapes

I am going to present to you a "non encyclopedia" approach and give you a no fuss, logical way to paint a watercolor landscape and have fun doing it. Before we start, get comfortable maybe a favorite beverage would be in order. Make your mistakes, goofs and failures work to help you in painting a watercolor landscape.

  • Four Seasons
  • Working With Fresh Transparent Glazes
  • Watercolor Painting in the Great Outdoors
  • Painting Clouds in Watercolor
  • Step by step Demonstration on Watercolor Winter Scenes
  • Demonstration of Painting Trees Trunks
  • Demonstration of Rocks and Sea
  • Demonstration of Watercolor Skies
  • Watercolor Landscape Painting Tips

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