This classic of art instruction by noted British painter Adrian Hill presents a well-rounded guide to portraying beeches, elms, pines, and many other varieties of trees. The three-part treatment begins with a brief but informative history of tree painting through the ages, highlighted with images by Titian, Rubens, Constable, Turner, and other masters. Advancing to a well-illustrated series of guiding principles, the author discusses the cultivation of an artistic appreciation for trees and offers preliminary drawing exercises. The third, and most extensive, section explores color choices and techniques. Progressing from simple to complex methods, Hill proposes the best materials for use in formats from monoprints and drypoint to mezzotint and etching.
Additional topics include composition, style, patterns, and texture. Seven paintings in full color appear among the author's 150 helpful illustrations. A pioneer in the development of art therapy, Hill draws upon his vast experience in teaching students at every level to offer an accessible approach that will benefit all readers. A Foreword by Sir George Clausen introduces the text.
Foreword Preface Part I: Tree Painting Through the Ages 1. Ornamental 2. Classical 3. Classic, Romantic and Impressionistic Part II: Guiding Principles 4. Tree Appreciation 5. Student's Attitude Towards Trees 6. First Exercises in Drawing Trees 7. Variations on a Commonplace Scene 8. An Unaided Effort Part III: Colour Problems and Technique 9. Seasonal Difficulties 10. Tree Compositions 11. Tree Portraiture in Oils 12. Tree Composition in Oils 13. Tree Portraiture in Water-Colours 14. Tree Composition in Water-Colours 15. Teaching, Technique, and Tendencies