Pastel / Painting

Tips for Simplifying Tree Paintings

Posted On: Mar 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Kem Studios

Tips for Simplifying Tree Paintings

'Peace' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available on Etsy $275
It suddenly hit me yesterday when prepping for a demo. We often make things more complicated than they have to be. From everything to setting up and starting a painting to the actual painting process itself...it is always a challenge to keep things simple.
Take trees for example. I avoided painting trees for years because I believed them to be too hard...too complicated. I didn't know how to simplify them. I didn't know how to simplify anything involved with painting. I wish I had pictures of the huge cart of supplies I would haul to pastel class! Live and learn!
Trees don't have to be complicated. They are just shapes after all. Once I learned how to simplify a tree into a basic shape and then carve and mould it like it was a lump of clay, painting trees became doable. Now I enjoy painting trees. Starting and keeping things simple has been the key.
Ideas for Simplifying Trees
Look at the overall shape of the tree. Is it oval? Square? Round?...

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