A Winter Dream: DIY Painting Tutorial | ANN LE

A Winter Dream: DIY Painting Tutorial | ANN LE


(tranquil piano music) – Knowledge and expansion,
this is what it means just in case you guys
didn’t get the last memo. I usually like to start
my videos off like this because people use this in meditation and to me painting is a meditation, which we are going to be
expanding our creativity and also opening ourself
up to new insights. Since this is going to be the last painting tutorial of the year and we are going to start
a whole new fresh year, I wanted to make this
painting very meaningful. But this one is really true to my heart, because I feel like, you know, a lot of us tend to go off of our path and this painting is
basically to remind us of the path we’re going on, our own path. You know we all have opinions, of what is right and what is wrong and we tend to push that upon other people out of good intentions or bad intentions we focus on other people
more than ourselves. Everyone has their own path, so that way they can discover or learn what it is they need to learn. You know, whether, if they’re doing the wrong or right thing, and we need to focus on ourselves. So in today’s video I’m
going to share with you guys how to do this painting
of a nice snowy path and I will let you guys
interpret this painting however way you like. I have my own interpretation
of this painting and if you guys want to
share your interpretation, then share below and let’s get started. For this painting I’m using a
picture I found on Pinterest and if you’re interested in
printing out the same picture then I will have the
link below this video. Next I will be using a acrylic retarder which keeps the paint from drying too fast and a spray bottle filled with water. The colors I will be
using for this painting are red, blue, white, yellow,
black, green, and brown. Other materials I will be using a pencil, paintbrushes, paint knives, and a canvas. Start off by priming your canvas. The last time I forgot to do this, and it just soaks up all
of my expensive paint. So this time around, make sure
to prime it with some gesso. Let your canvas set to
dry for a good hour or so and then take out your
picture and study it. Pay attention to the colors and the placement of everything. Here I’m just sketching out where the trees are going to
be placed on my canvas and where the ground and sky will be. It’s now time to mix the paint, so I’m going to mix a few shades of paint. First I’m going to mix a warm white and then I’m going to mix a warm gray and also a very dark blue. With my three main colors, I will be able to paint the sky
and also the trees later on. If you’re afraid that
your paint might dry, I recommend for you to squirt a little bit of the acrylic retarder in with the paint so that way it can keep your
paint lasting a little longer and every now and then, try spraying your paint with some water. Alright guys, so now it’s
time to paint on the sky and I like to usually start
with the background first so that is why I am
working on the sky first. So I’m going to start with a darker shade up top and the bottom of my canvas. Once I get the dark color in, then I’m going in with my medium shade and I’m blending that
into the darker color. As you can see, I’m working
on the top and the bottom and I’m kind of working
my way to the center and in the center, if you
notice in the picture, the center is brighter, so I’m going to lighten as I go in gradually. And as I get toward my center, I’m going to paint that
in with the warm white that I mixed earlier. The sky represents all the
opportunities and possibilities that is open to us if we
keep continuing on our path. It’s now time to work on the trees, and the trees symbolize the
troubles that we face in life. We often view it as something that’s dark, that’s something big, that’s
something that’s covering us, and taking over our lives. But in a more positive perspective, it’s actually guiding us on our path and showing us the easier way. To paint the trees, I added some green into my darkest mixture, and
then I painted the silhouette. Once I’m happy with the silhouette, I come in with a lighter shade, and I just take some of that lighter gray and add it into the trees
to give it more dimension. And as you can see, the trees
that are closer to the light are lighter than the
trees farther from it. To add in more details, I’m
taking a smaller square brush and using the edge of it to
add some texture and details. So I dipped it in a little bit of that warm white and
a little of that gray to give the branches a nice highlight. Play around with different brush strokes and see what works for
you, and different shades, and then it will kind
of all come together. If you’re getting frustrated, I suggest for you to just
walk away from your painting and then come back and
take a look at it again and it will give you a nice, fresh insight on what to fix or what else to paint. So now I’m working on the ground, and I wanted to add a new
fresh layer of paint on so that way I can start shading and blending the paints together, it just makes it more
easier that way for me. So I started with white, and then I go in with a darker shade. But I suggest for you to start
with a darker shade first and then go in with white, because the white is pretty strong based on what I notice
or come to find out. So I’m adding in more grays and more blues to make the ground darker, and I’m just going in long
brush strokes from side to side. Since the pathway is between the trees, I thought it would make better
sense to paint it darker. After my paint is dry, I
am drawing in my umbrella and I just based it off of
a picture I saw on Google. After that, I’m drawing
in a silhouette of myself and this is me walking on my own path. Now I’m going to paint my umbrella red, and red represents power,
it represents strength, determination, passion,
love, and that will help me through harsh conditions, so that way I can keep on walking and keep on going. Then with my darker shade of paint that I already had mixed, I am going to give the umbrella a little bit more
dimension by shading it in. After shading it in, and mostly focusing on the back of the umbrella, I’m going to add in some white highlights for the snow parts. So I actually wasn’t happy with
the silhouette of the person and I’m just going to paint that over with some more acrylic paint. And that, again, that’s the
great thing about acrylic paint. If you don’t like something that you see you can always fix it,
so that’s what I’m doing And then I’m just going
to repaint in the body, and once I’m happy with
the overall picture it’s now time to paint on the snowflakes. Painting can be a very personal and intimate experience with yourself. Do not focus too much on what other people are thinking about your painting, it should just be for the experience and how it makes you feel. This is a great time
for you to reflect upon who you are inside and bring
it out onto your canvas. Remember, we are all
walking on our own path, and we should take less
focus on what other people choose to do with their lives, because that is part of their adventure, part of their development, and we should focus on our
growth and our improvement. (piano music) So that concludes my video for today, thank you guys so much for watching. Don’t forget to give this
video a thumbs up for support and if you can comment below, let me know any reflection
that you guys had in this past year that
kind of made you realize or taught you a valuable lesson. I think it’ll be great for all of us to come together and
share our life lessons and also, one more thing, I will be having a video
coming out very soon and that is my little trip
out to Martha’s Vineyard where I got to film some behind the scenes with HGTV Dream Home 2015. I got to be in a little
segment of that show as well which will air on New Year’s Day at 8 pm, so if you guys have a television don’t forget to tune in to see me on air! It’s on HGTV, and namaste, and I will talk to you
guys in my next video. Mwah, ciao!

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