How to Draw Landscapes: Tips for Drawing Trees

How to Draw Landscapes: Tips for Drawing Trees

Whenever I paint a landscape I never just get straight into it, I always do some planning first and the planning always begins with my sketchbook. But why sketch and draw, why not just start painting? Well there is a simple answer, if you go straight into a studio painting it’s likely you’ll run into trouble with the composition.

Planning a painting in your sketchbook first is an important step in the painting process in my opinion. You wouldn’t start building a house with no foundations or prior plans and drawings, it’s the same when planning a painting. Besides which drawing and sketching is fun.

Level Up Your Painting Skill by Painting Outside!

Level Up Your Painting Skill by Painting Outside!

Have you ever been sat in your art studio feeling uninspired and like you’ve hit a wall? Well this sometimes happens to me when I’ve spent too much time in the studio and that when I know I need to get outside in nature and either paint en plein air, or take reference photos or both.

In this painting tutorial I cover the step-by-step process how I painted this art work en plein air and then the details added in the studio.

How to Paint a Coastal Scene

How to Paint a Coastal Scene

I love painting seascapes and in this art tutorial I will show you how to paint this coastal scene of Norah Head on the Central Coast in Australia.

The location for this painting is Soldiers Beach with the headland of Norah Head that features the Norah Head lighthouse. This is one of my favourite beaches in the world, I love the unique colours of the cliffs and foliage and the turquoise bottle green of the sea.

How to Paint Trees and Light

How to Paint Trees and Light

The inspiration for this painting came from a location just a five minute drive from my art studio in Queenstown, New Zealand where I live. I happened to be driving through the valley one evening when I noticed the evening sun shining through the willow trees. Given it was spring and there was fresh foliage on the trees, the different hues of greens where really vibrant. I pulled over at the side of the road and took some photos. The idea for a painting was born!

How to Paint Palm Trees

How to Paint Palm Trees

In 2018 I went to Phuket, Thailand at the moment and I brought my paints with me. I wanted to paint a tropical beach and some palm trees I went to Kata Beach and I decided to paint the beach outdoors, known as painting ‘en plein air’.

It was a hot, sunny and hazy day what with Thailand being in the tropics, it’s very humid.

I painted this tropical beach scene at Kata Beach, I’ll show you how I painted it.

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