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Oak Leaf

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Ever spent ages painting a flower, nervously putting off the moment when you have to tackle the leaves?

Leaves are crucial to botanical painting and can really let your painting down if you don’t get them right.

But they can be intimidating because there is often SO much detail to try to capture and it can be very difficult to paint a leaf so that you can see that detail – but also keep the leaf looking real and solid.

So in this tip video I thought I’d walk you through my process for painting them

Unfortunately there’s not a quick magic formula – leaves do take time – so the trick is to learn to relax into them and enjoy taking your time with them.

Let me know if you’ve experienced leaf-angst in the comments below! You won’t be alone.

Even if you have struggled before, I hope this video inspires you to get out your paints and try leaves once more this weekend!

 

13 Comments
  1. Valéria 3 years ago

    I loved! Thank you!

  2. Valéria 3 years ago

    I loved! Thank you!

  3. hilda 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for the video of the oak leaf. Beautiful as all your videos have been. Enjoyed your rose too very much. Thank you again.

  4. hilda 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for the video of the oak leaf. Beautiful as all your videos have been. Enjoyed your rose too very much. Thank you again.

  5. Debbie Hamilton 3 years ago

    I am terribly inspired by your video of the oak leaf. I am going to try it! Thank you!

  6. Debbie Hamilton 3 years ago

    I am terribly inspired by your video of the oak leaf. I am going to try it! Thank you!

  7. sylvia 3 years ago

    you are a very talented lady thanks

  8. sylvia 3 years ago

    you are a very talented lady thanks

  9. Heather Sidock 3 years ago

    I love your tutorials! You produce such beautiful works of art!

  10. Heather Sidock 3 years ago

    I love your tutorials! You produce such beautiful works of art!

  11. Lisa Plocktis 3 years ago

    I love seeing other students’ work- so inspiring !!!!

  12. Margaret Orchard 3 years ago

    Another great video Anna. My problem with leaves is, no matter how hard I try, I end up painting rigid straight veins which then make the leaf appear unrealistic. I am sure all I have to do is pay more attention to the direction in which the veins go but even when I start off correctly they end up rigid in the end. If at first……….

  13. Sharon Sallis 4 months ago

    Beautiful ! Can you do a brown old leaf all twisted please.

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