Create a Springtime Landscape with Dappled Light and Wildflowers 🎨🌿 Real-time paint along!

Create a Springtime Landscape with Dappled Light and Wildflowers 🎨🌿 Real-time paint along!

Hello art friends!

Thank you for the kind response to my previous paint-along video. Thanks to all of your lovely comments, I decided to create another! If you’d like to paint along or just relax and enjoy the video, you can find my new video here

Today’s painting is based on a photo I took this Spring. You’re welcome to use it if you’d like to paint with me.

Reference photo taken by me - feel free to use for your painting

I love the happy feeling of this photo, and the depth created by the dappled lighting. Those are things I hope to get across in my painting!


I’m sharing my color palette because I often get questions about it, so I hope it might be helpful! But please don’t feel like you need these exact colors to paint along. You can join me in painting with whatever paints you have on hand!

My color palette for this painting (a couple colors are changed from my usual palette)

During the video I mention a brush I got from a Japanese brushmaker Shougetsudo Co and that brush can be found here

The other brushes and tools I use can be found on this page.


When I begin a painting, my goal is to block in big shapes quickly, and get rid of the white paper as soon as possible. So when I say, ‘Base layer’ I’m referring to that first pass of paint on fresh paper. I try to avoid putting a second layer of paint anywhere on the page until all elements of the painting have been painted with at least a first base layer.

When getting ready to block things in, it helps me to mentally break down the scene/composition into its main elements. In this scene, I see 3 main elements: The foreground foliage, the tree, and the background. 

Base layer of paint for the tree

I decided to begin with the tree. I was thinking about lighting direction as I painted, focusing highlights on the right side of the trunks and shadows on the left. I tried to paint quickly enough that there would be a soft edge between the colors. 

After the tree, I moved on to blocking in the grass. I had the same mindset here, allowing the wet paint to blend together on the page and give some soft, textured edges between the shadows and light areas. 

Grass area base layer

After the grass, I moved on to the foliage and sky in the background. While mixing colors, I tried to keep them slightly lighter and less saturated than the foreground.

Base layer with tree, grass and background painted with simple colors

Here is the completed base layer!


Step two = layer two! For this step, I return to each main section of the composition and add the next layer of paint and detail.

Layer 2 painting - adding detail and texture, starting with the grass

Starting with the grass, I focus my paint strokes in areas where shadow and light meet, where they can create a more bold and dramatic effect. I try not to fill in the grass entirely with detail because having some areas of rest will allow the grass to look softer.

Layer two painting - shadows on the tree bark

After the grass, I move my focus to the tree. I’m painting shadows to give the look of dappled light (light shining through the tree foliage) and a slight texture of bark to the tree. 

Layer two finished. A first pass of details have been added to all elements of the scene.

With the first pass of tree foliage, I try to group up leaves in bunches so they are clustered in a natural way as if they are coming off of the branches. I try to leave plenty of space for the sky and background to show through the leaves. 


Before starting this next step I took a few minutes break away from my painting which helped me to see my work more clearly again. One thing that stood out to me was the larger tree trunk on the right, which seemed too bulky. 

My goal for the next step of the painting is to fix an issues like that which stand out to me, and to continue with texture and detail.

Beginning with highlights - diagonal paint strokes indicate light on bark (top right)

As I add highlights to the tree, I drag my brush in a diagonal direction sweeping downward to give the effect of dappled light streaking through branches onto the tree bark.  

Painting light green leaves with opaque paint

When the time comes to paint lighter leaves, it helps to use a more opaque paint mixture with only a little water. This way it has complete coverage and a nice bold appearance. 

More opaque layering - painting the flowers!

Painting the white flowers was probably my favorite part of the painting process! I tried to create a feeling of depth by emphasizing the difference in color temperature between the flowers in shadow which appeared more blue and those in sunlight which appeared a bright white. For the brightest parts of the flowers, I used white with a touch of yellow to give it some extra warmth. 

Final painting with tape removed!

And here’s the final painting with the tape peeled off! I hope you like the end results!

This one was fun but also pretty challenging. The dappled light on the tree bark was the part I found the most tricky. I had to go back and forth with shadows and highlights a bit until I felt like it worked. I'd like to do some more studies with this kind of scene so I can get more practice with that dappled lighting!

If you painted along, I hope you had fun! Please feel free to tag me on my socials or share it in my discord. If you would like to request a future painting topic, please leave a comment on the Youtube Video for this painting and let me know what you'd like!

Prints of this painting can be found on my INPRNT shop.

See you next time! 💚

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