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E-Book - Secret to Leaves and Painting the Maple Leaf - by artist Sharon Hamilton MDA

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E-Book -  Secret to Leaves and Painting the Maple Leaf - by artist Sharon Hamilton MDA




Introduction to painting leaves with artist Sharon Hamilton. 

This short booklet is an in-depth study on the importance of how leaves impact a composition.  Sharon covers leaf structure including the many serration characteristics of leaves, vein development and how to work with turned edges.   There are a multitude of photos and illustrations throughout the text.  The artist uncovers some of the secrets to painting your own beautiful leaves.

In this e-book painting lesson the artist puts to use the information covered in the leaf study portion of the e-book.  The painting exercise is to paint a simple maple leaf by follow along with Sharon’s in-depth instructions and step-by-step photos included with the written text.



                                              Here's just a tiny sample from Sharon's e-booklet.


Traditions Artist Acrylic Paints: 
Burnt Umber (DAT46), Carbon Black (DAT42), Hansa Yellow Light (DAT15), Phthalo Green-Yellow (DAT22), Raw Sienna (DAT43), Raw Umber (DAT45), Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (DAT56), Quinacridone Burnt Orange (DAT53), Ultramarine Blue (DAT26), Warm White (DAT36)

Traditions Mediums
Multi-Surface Sealer (DATM03), Extender & Blending (DATM02), Glazing (DATM01), Satin Varnish (DATM04)

Traditions Brushes:
#3/0 Liner (TB11), #3 Round (TB21), #6 Flat (TB32), #10 Flat (TB34), #12 Flat (TB36), 1” Flat (TB38), #6 Filbert (TB41), #10 Filbert (TB43)



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  • 5

    Posted by Cindy Petty on 30th Sep 2020

    Thorough and excellent discourse about leaves and how to paint them.

  • 5
    Great pattern

    Posted by Margo M. on 24th Jul 2015

    Sharon, that was a great pattern! I enjoyed following your instructions! Every step is very detailed and there are a lot of pictures to help see each step. Lots of helpful advices and tips! I am never disappointed in the quality of your work, whether it is a class or a pattern. Glad AAO got more patterns from you, I am getting all of them! :)

  • 5
    like turning a new leaf

    Posted by Irene on 30th May 2015

    This tutorial highlights the signifinance of leaves, they are not just add ins. Thank you for a real eye opener.

  • 5
    knowing your leaves

    Posted by Lorraine Makaruk on 8th Feb 2013

    I have a better understanding of leaves and their importance. Not only are they pretty, but they also add to, point to and complement your point of interest. They have a purpose of their own with color and light reflections. There is a wide variety of leaves to add interest to the paintings with their shapes and colors.

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