How to Draw and Paint Curling Pinnate Leaves – Painting Tutorial

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As many of you know, this blog site is essentially a group of tutorials and images that I have collected for my art students. In spite of the fact that I have added very little to this site for over a year, readers continue to follow it. Surprisingly to me, the most popular posts have to do with pinnate leaves. On my regular blog site, I have posted a tutorial, telling how I draw and paint pinnate leaves in acrylics–step by step. I thought that you might like to check that out Here.

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2014 Year in Review for My Nature Book Blog

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December River – Watercolor by Jacki Kellum

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Here is what WordPress had to say about My Nature Book Blog:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

There were 500 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was July 15th with59 views. The most popular post that day wasThe Difference Between Palmate and Pinnate Leaves.

How to Draw and Paint Evergreen Trees

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Image Credit:  http://lollyshera.com/tree-tattoo/

The above is a good pencil drawing of an evergreen.

When I was a kid,  I worked hard, learning to draw the typical, holiday Christmas tree, painstakingly making both sides exactly alike [symetrical].

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When it came time to paint evergreens for actual landscapes, my first challenge was  that of realizing that evergreens in the wild are far from symmetrical.

While evergreens do loosely follow the coloring book Christmas tree’s traingular structure, the branches are staggered and irregular.

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The top is missing from the above drawing; yet, the the branches are drawn very realistically.  Evergreens in the wild are snaggle-toothed and scraggly.

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Follow the steps below to draw a convincing Douglas Fir.d06

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When drawing a wilderness scene, remember the following:

  • The evergreens will be of varying heights.   Part of this is because they are growing in the wild and they seed at different times; and part of this is due to the fact that some of the trees are farther away. [This is linear perspective.]

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  • The farther away the trees, the shorter they will seem and the details become more and more blurry. [The blurrieness  is due to aerial perspective].aspens-against-the-evergreens-john-lautermilchcropped

Branches

  • Normally, sections of bare trunks and limbs are visible.
  • Not all branches are attached at the same angle. Some limbs seem to be almost horizontal; some cup upward; some cup downward.

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  • The branches are sort of like sideways triangles.
  • The foliage is wider near the tree trunk.

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  • When one branch is in front of another, it will seem lighter.  The front limbs cast shadows on the back ones
  • The tops of the branches are lighter [because they are nearer the sun]

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  • The lightening of the tops is particularly obvious when there is snow on the branches.

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Now that you have learned not to make Evergreens irregular, let’s reverse the process again and try some designs:

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Watercolor Classes Coming Soon to Jacki Kellum Studios in Linwood, NJ

Janis Joplin – Painted by Jacki Kellum

Beginning in January, 2015, Jacki Kellum is offering, in her Linwood studio, a series of watercolor classes designed to teach how to draw and paint with color

Time: 12:00-1:30 Wednesdays [If this time and day is not good, please request that another section be opened] Another class is offered from 6:30-8:00 on Wednesdays.

Cost: $100 for 4 consecutive weeks [Introductory Price for first 8 Weeks – After 8 Weeks, the Students Will Buy Their Own Materials]

Because Jacki is a colorist and because she teaches in a unique way, everyone will start at the beginning — learning to draw with color and learning to paint with color.  Jacki Kellum has an ability to break difficult subject matter into small, manageable tasks; and she teaches so that anyone can succeed as a painter.

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November Rain – Painted by Jacki Kellum

The Students will learn to draw and paint hardwood trees the first month

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Hallow’s Eve Painted by Jacki Kellum

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Wild Lupine and Arnica Painted on Location in Alaska

During the spring, students will Paint Flowers

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 Wednesdays [If this time and day is not good, please request that another section be opened] Another class is offered from 6:30-8:00 on Wednesdays.

Cost: $100 for 4 consecutive weeks [Introductory Price for first 8 Weeks – After 8 Weeks, the Students Will Buy Their Own Materials]

Students must pay in advance for the upcoming classes.  Attendance is essential.  The classes are sequential and students must take each class in succession. When it is necessary for the student to miss an occasional class, the student is recommended to schedule a private make-up class, which will cost an additional $25 per hour [the $25 for the class that was missed + an additional private fee].

Class Size is limited.  It is suggested that students register as soon as possible.

Cost to Register: $25.  The registration fee will be deducted from the cost of Janary’s tuitiion.

Otherwise, Private Classes Cost $50 per hour [This price will increase in April].

Wine Wednesdays – Watercolor Class Coming Soon to Jacki Kellum Studios in Linwood, NJ

Janis Joplin – Painted by Jacki Kellum

On Wednesday Nights, beginning in January, 2015, Jacki Kellum is offering, in her Linwood studio, an especially neat art class – just for adults–Wine, Watercolor, and Wednesdays.

Time: 6:30 – 8:00

Cost: $100 for 4 consecutive weeks [Introductory Price for first 8 Weeks – After 8 Weeks, the Students Will Buy Their Own Materials]

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Students will bring their own wine; but Jacki Kellum will provide everything else for the first 8 weeks [after that, students will buy their own supplies].

Students will learn to Unwind with Watercolor and Wine.

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Because Jacki Kellum is a colorist and because she teaches in a unique way, everyone will start at the beginning — learning to draw with color and learning to paint with color.  Jacki Kellum has an ability to break difficult subject matter into small, manageable tasks; and she teaches so that anyone can succeed as a painter.

Students will Paint Evergreen Trees During the Second Month

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November Rain – Painted by Jacki Kellum

The Students will learn to draw and paint hardwood trees the first month

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Hallow’s Eve Painted by Jacki Kellum

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Wild Lupine and Arnica Painted on Location in Alaska

During the spring, students will Paint Flowers

Time: 6:30 – 8:00

Cost: $100 for 4 consecutive weeks [Introductory Price for first 8 Weeks – After 8 Weeks, the Students Will Buy Their Own Materials]

Students must pay in advance for the upcoming classes.  Attendance is essential.  The classes are sequential and students must take each class in succession. When it is necessary for the student to miss an occasional class, the student is recommended to schedule a private make-up class, which will cost an additional $25 per hour [the $25 for the class that was missed + an additional private fee].

Class Size is limited.  It is suggested that students register as soon as possible.

Cost to Register: $25.  The registration fee will be deducted from the cost of Janary’s tuitiion.

Otherwise, Private Classes Cost $50 per hour [This price will increase in April].