I have already written a How to paint grass guide here.
It may surprise you to know that this is my most popular post ever, so I thought I would write another focussing on long grass. It is a different technique and a new skill to learn after all.
You will need:
- Paint for Grass: Sap Green, Olive Green, Burgandy, Violet, Lemon Yellow, Raw Umber, burnt umber, black, etc.
- A Canvas – I use 30cmx40cm as standard
- Playmat – I use a big old plastic table cloth
- Paintbrushes – a large flat one and a variety of small round ones.
- A pot of water
- A palette – I use foil cases from quiches.
- A photograph to copy – I have mine up on my laptop screen with gridlines drawn on
- A pencil
- A ruler.
1. Mark up your canvas. For a 30 x 40 canvas it is easiest to do 5cm2 squares. If you grid out your photo on a screen, make sure that your scaled dimensions are the same.
2. Draw the outline shape of your subject onto the canvas, following the corresponding squares on your screen. For a more detailed way of doing this, see here.
Painting Long Grass
1. Create a colour wash over the grass area in a watered down sap green using a large flat brush.2. Start to pick out areas of light and dark with a small rounded paintbrush. Use gentle dabbing with your paintbrush in a watery white to create little soft focus flowers. 3. Pay attention to the direction of the grass, and use a variety of watery shades and a quick sweeping movement to get that feeling of motion.
4. Make glints of sunlight with a Rich Gold paint, and break up dark shadow with longer strands of grass in paler colours
Have a look at part 2 – Finishing the Golden Retriever.
I haven’t yet given her to her owner so can’t ruin the surprise on here!!