How to Paint Easy Palm Trees
Palm Trees are fairly easy to paint. This post is for the Palm trees alone and I will add a post on painting the entire scene next time. I painted this in my Canson Mix Media Pad.
I start with a quick sketch of the palms for a guideline, nothing fancy it just helps me to keep myself inline with the paint brush.
I double load my #12 flat brush with Burnt Umber and the lighter brown paint, in this one I used Nutmeg and added a touch of Parchment to lighten as needed. I make a shortened slider leaf stroke and stack them on top of each other narrowing the size as you get closer to the top of the tree trunk.
Next I paint in the spars for the palm fronds, it is almost a star shape with Thicket and Cut Grass double loaded on your brush.
With shorter slash strokes you add the palm fronds. Lead with the lighter green and tilt your brush back on its heal to make the strokes thin. Thinner than mine here, with the paper causing drag on my brush I used too much pressure, but in the long run it looked fine. I just know I can do better.
Keep doing this all the way around the spars. Some of the fronds that would be facing down I only add the leaves to one side. The frond behind my brush is only painted on one side.
Somehow I failed to get a photo of painting the trunk of this palm but you can see it in my video included at the bottom of this post. It is a short wiggle stroke stack on top of one another from top to bottom, graduating in size to its widest point at the base.
The fan shaped leaves are a chisel edge slider stroke on the ends of the various length stems.
You should end up with something resembling this.
Don’t worry about being exact. Remember we are going for an impression of something and not reality. Just have fun with it and paint easy palm trees one stroke at a time!
It is easier to see what I am talking about in the video. Sorry for the poor lighting, we have not had sunshine in over a week and the difference natural light makes is amazing.
Note: The paint colors should be available at your local craft supply like Michaels, JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. Many times they run great sales so watch their flyers.