Today at Alexander Art we finish “Craggy Pass.” We’ll also give you instructions on how to submit your painting at the end of this email.
Get your 1″ Foliage Brush. Load it with some of the yellow-green highlight mixture. Touch up all the trees with highlights.
Since the light is coming from the right, tap on the right side of the trees. Lose color as you move your brush to the shadow side of the tree. Your brush will pick up the dark color underneath. That creates a gradual diminishing highlight. Don’t let your highlight end in a hard line.
Pop your trees
Highlight the tree you created with the palette knife. Yes, you highlighted these trees in a previous lesson. The additional brush highlight will make the trees “pop.”
Add white to your highlight mix from above and highlight the foliage along the left edge of the path. This highlighting will give the effect of sunlight striking that area of the foliage.
Add extra highlights to the foreground field (below the slope). You can also add some more color in the field to create interest and variety.
Use your Palette Knife and sGraffito some extra branches into your trees. Create sticks and branches around the base of your rocks. Keep them in perspective.
Bill liked to use a technique of slapping the loaded Palette Knife against the canvas. This technique created sGraffito marks and filled them in with contrasting color.
Don’t forget to sign your painting.
SUBMITTING YOUR ARTWORK
Here’s how to submit your painting. Remember, the top five paintings will win one of Bill’s Golden Palette Knives.
When you have finished your painting:
1. Take a photo with your smartphone.
2. Click the “Share” button and select the email option.
3. Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This process will make sure we get the best photo of your painting. If you have any problems, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll help you get the photo to us.
We will accept submissions (one per person) until June 30. We’ll make our selection and post the results by Independence Day. By emailing your photo to Alexander Art, you grant Alexander Art a license to use your photo.
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