With our background and rocks painted, it is now time to add some details. I want the red rocks to be the dominate feature in this painting; therefore, I will not use detailed trees or yucca plants.
The yucca plants in the foreground will be the last step in this painting. The trees at the base of the rocks will be painted next.
Prepare the following paints:
- Deep Green mixed from Indigo and Sap Green
- Light Yellow/Green mixed from Sap Green and Light Yellow
- Sepia for trunks/branches
Using a small, dry sea sponge, pick up a little paint and using the painting above as a guide, dab in the foliage working across the horizon and varying the heights of the trees. Use a mix of both shades of green. When dry, add a small truck/branches using a liner brush and the sepia. Allow to dry.
Using the same mix of light green and a flat brush, add grasses working from the horizon to the foreground.
See close up photo below for details.
Painting the base of the Yucca plants:
Use a round brush and the following colors of paint:
- Yellow Green used above
Using clean paint and the round brush, paint in the shape of the bottom of the yucca plants. While wet, drop in the sepia and pull to the lower part of the plant and drop in the yellow green in the top part of the plant.. Allow the paints to blend and using the round brush, paint the foliage using sweeping strokes. Allow to dry. If the color is not as intense as you would like, repeat.
Remove the masking from the yucca blooms using an eraser.
Using a pale wash of the yellow green, add some color to some areas of the blooms, but not to all. Allow the majority of the bloom to remain unpainted.
Add the stems/stalks of the yuccas using a small round brush and wash of both green and sepia. Let the colors vary slight.
Add some darker areas to the base of the scrub brush in the background.
Allow to dry and check for any additional details you would like to add.
Sign your name - your painting is complete!