How to Paint a Pinecone Winter Acrylic Painting Tutorial 1/4

How to Paint a Pinecone Winter Acrylic Painting Tutorial 1/4

Hey, it’s NAT! In today’s episode, we’ll be painting a pinecone. This will be part of a series of paintings
that we’ll do on square canvases, or in my case, pre-gessoed wooden boards. So, grab a pinecone, and let’s paint! These are the materials you’ll need for this
project. Start out by sketching out how you’ll want
your composition to look. I am going to go for an asymmetrical composition
where there is more negative space on one side than the other. The most important thing here is just getting
the size and shape how you like it. Start off by mixing titanium white with a
little Peyne’s Grey and a hint of Thalo blue. Cover the background and add white into different
parts to show the lighter part of the snow. To add in sticks and dirt, I use burnt umber. For the branch, start out with burnt sienna,
burnt umber, and even a little bit of white on different parts, depending on the shadows
and highlights. The needle portion is done by mixing burnt
umber with Pthalo green. Eventually, you’ll want to mix in a little
cad yellow for some of the needles. Once you do the darker ones, paint lighter
green ones on top of those by adding titanium white into the green. In the darkest parts of the pinecone, I mixed
Peyne’s grey with burnt umber. For the medium brown, you can mix a little
white in with burnt umber, and also you can use burnt Sienna. Once you get to the tips of the pinecone,
paint those a light brown, which is burnt umber mixed with white. To add snow to the pinecone, I used a watery
wash in the areas I wanted to add the snow, then slowly built it up until there was less
water, until there was eventually no water at all in the paint at the tips. When you’re going to paint the edges, just
hold it by the bottom if possible, and just paint along the edges like this. This is the way I did mine. Paint it like this, and then I went right
up to the edge. And if for some reason you get a little bit
of black paint on your actual canvas, you can wipe it off with like a wet towel, or
even, I used a wet brush in one case and just went over it and then just wiped it off. So, I feel like it adds a lot painting the
edge black so that when all of the series are up on the wall, they kind of look nice
from the side too. If I were going to go over this with a varnish,
I would probably choose to mix in a little silver metallic paint, it would probably look
really nice in some of the darker areas. But, I’m not going to this time around just
because I enjoy the way it looks matte. So, since this is part of a series of paintings,
you can set it aside, or you can just be done because it is a cute little pinecone painting
all by itself. But, we’re going to be having three more paintings. So, please don’t forget to subscribe, share
it with your friends, comment, like, all of that good stuff. And, I’ll just keep painting with you. Thank you so much, I’ll see you next time.

3 thoughts on “How to Paint a Pinecone Winter Acrylic Painting Tutorial 1/4

  1. Hey! Great painting! Can’t wait to see all the whole series come together as a single set!
    You’re a great artist!
    Stay happy, stay creative, keep painting!
    Challenge: Please try watercolors 😁

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