Paint a Rain Forest Scene in Oils or Acrylics
Paint Rain Forest Scene a deep green forest in monochrome – Phthalo green
Phthalo green is a great color to paint a rain forest scene – try it!
Watch how to paint rain forest scene. Just relax and enjoy the painting.
Follow this short art lesson video and paint rain forest scene of lush green trees, ferns and hanging vines
Paint this rain forest scene in oil or acrylic. The color in this painting is Phthalo Green. You may use another color instead of Phthalo Green.
Most common colors you may wish to try – Prussian Blue (or any blue) Violet, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Prussian Green (or a similar green).
The size or shape of your canvas does not matter. So let us learn how to paint a rain forest. Ensure your brush is clean before painting the background. If your brush is a little dirty, clean it then saturate it in the green paint and then clean it again.
(that way if it is still dirty well it is dirty in the right color) Try for some pure white areas in the background. Use deliberate and bold brush strokes. Do not try to hide your brush strokes.
Keep the green away from your white spots in the background we need them.
Clean your brush well before picking up the dark foreground color.
Do not keep brushing over your tree trunks, leave them rough.
Try to lean the trees into the picture.
Have the light on the inside of the tree trunks.
Arrange your foliage so it forms a frame around the painting.
Do not arrange your foliage too neat, have it rugged.
Use the foliage to cover any mistakes in the branches.
Use the foliage to stop the eye traveling off the picture.
Keep your bottom corners very dark.
A few things I have noticed the students doing, trying to copy my painting exactly, this is not the best way to learn. Try your own arrangements. Also some students are spending too long blending the background and as a result the white in the center becomes green. The background is not important, just put it in and leave it.
Don’t have curvy tree trunks. Tree trunks are kinked rather than curved.
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