Videos and tutorials that show how to draw and paint trees, bushes, grass, water, clouds, the ocean, luminous light, rocks, the beach, mountains, the sky, and more. Michael Lewis also explains the limited and expanded palette.

A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 1)

A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis provides a simple but effective formula for painting good clouds.


A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 2)

A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues developing simple clouds with a simple formula that never fails.


Finding Luminosity in Rocks

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis begins a painting of sandstone rocks to demonstrate how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 2)

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues a painting of New Mexico sandstone rocks to show how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 3)

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 3)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis completes a painting of New Mexico redrocks to show how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Drawing the Ponderosa Pine

Drawing the Ponderosa Pine

This video shows how to draw the ponderosa pine tree. The ponderosa is a common tree used in many landscape subjects.


How to paint big white fluffy clouds

How to paint big white fluffy clouds

Clouds can make or break a painting. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis reveals the secrets to keeping clouds clean and convincing.


Understanding Aerial Perspective

Understanding Aerial Perspective

Objects appear higher in value and bluer as they get farther away from the eye. Michael Lewis clears up the mystery surrounding aerial perspective.


Painting bushes at sunset

Painting bushes at sunset

In this tutorial, learn how to paint bushes with backlighting. Michael Lewis shows how to carefully define edges of bushes without making them "muddy".


How to paint a bush

How to paint a bush

Michael Lewis begins with the palette, brushes, and panel to explain the process of painting a simple bush. In this video, learn some shortcuts and tricks to make your bushes look real.

How to Paint Cumulus Clouds

How to Paint Cumulus Clouds

In this tutorial, learn how to paint cumulus clouds. Michael offers ideas on how to keep your brushes clean and your panel clean.


How to Paint Big White Fluffy Clouds

How to Paint Big White Fluffy Clouds

Painted skies can become dirty quickly. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis demonstrates how to produce clean beautiful clouds.


How to Paint Clouds with a Silver Lining

How to Paint Clouds with a Silver Lining

Clouds with backlighting provide a dramatic view of the sky. In this video, Michel Lewis illustrates the method for producing clouds with a silver lining.


Drawing the ponderosa pine

Drawing the ponderosa pine

Michael Lewis looks at the details of a ponderosa pine tree in this video. Learn how to draw the subtle shapes that create the character of the ponderosa.


Ponderosa Closeup

Ponderosa Closeup

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis looks at the ponderosa pine up close. Understanding how it grows makes it easier to paint and draw.


Drawing the Rocky coast

Drawing the Rocky coast

Drawing and painting rocks can be challenging. Michael Lewis uses the broadstroke method of drawing to render the rocky coast.


Painting a stand of Ponderosas

Painting a stand of Ponderosas

In this tutorial, learn how to paint a stand of Ponderosa pine trees. Michael Lewis shows how to begin, how to merge colors, and how to finish with accents.


How to Paint Snow

How to Paint Snow

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis demonstrates how to paint snow with shadows. Like skies, snow can become dirty quickly. Michael shows how to keep it clean.


How to Paint Snow - part 2

How to Paint Snow - part 2

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues painting snow with shadows. Learn how to keep your winter paintings clean.


Understanding the horizon line

Understanding the horizon line

The horizon line seems to be a confusing concept for most artist. Michael Lewis explains the difference between the visible horizon line and the true horizon line. He also demonstrates how to identify the true horizon line.

Getting to Know the Oak Tree

Getting to Know the Oak Tree

The oak tree comes in many different varieties and sizes. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis show how to paint the trunk of the oak tree.


Anatomy of a Tree Trunk

Anatomy of a Tree Trunk

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis paints a tree trunk at the base of the tree. Learn how to paint all the details to make it look real.


Painting the Aspen Tree Trunk

Painting the Aspen Tree Trunk

The aspen tree is easily recognizable because of all the unique features of it's trunk. Michael Lewis shows how to paint all the nuances that help identify the aspen trunk.


Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 1)

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 1)

In this video, Michael Lewis begins a 3 part tutorial on how to paint rocks under water. Learn how to create that special convincing look of water with rocks beneath the surface.

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 2)

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 2)

In this video, Michael Lewis continues a tutorial explaining the technique of painting rocks under water.


Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 3)

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 3)

In this video, Michael Lewis completes a tutorial explaining the technique of painting rocks under water.


Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 1)

Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to prepare for and then paint ocean waves at dawn. He explains the special challenges of painting the ocean and beach.


Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 2)

Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to finish the details of painting ocean waves at dawn. He explains the special challenges of painting the ocean and beach.


Painting Dappled Light (part 1)

Painting Dappled Light (Part 1)

The mystery of painting dappled light is solved in this tutorial by Michael Lewis. Learn how to manage shadows on concrete in this 2 part video.


Painting Dappled Light (part 2)

Painting Dappled Light (Part 2)

In part 2 of Painting Dappled Light Michael Lewis shows how to mix shadow color and then how to paint dappled light on concrete.


Painting Old Barnwood

Painting Old Barnwood

Michael Lewis show some shortcuts and tricks for painting old barnwood. He paints the same barnwood fence in cool colors and then warm colors.


Anatomy of a Rock

Anatomy of a Rock

Many artists agonize over the painting of a rock. Michael Lewis simplifies the process with some shortcuts and tricks. This tutorial shows three easy steps for creating a convincing rock.


Mist on Mountains (part 1)

Mist on Mountains (part 1)

This tutorial shows how to capture that magical look when a cloud engulfs the top of a mountain. Learn how to manage the paint and the colors when creating a distant mountain with clouds.


Mist on Mountains (part 2)

Mist on Mountains (part 2)

This is part 2 showing how to capture that magical look when a cloud engulfs the top of a mountain. Michael Lewis shows how to manage the paint and the colors when creating a distant mountain with clouds.


Redrock Bluffs Part 1

Redrock Bluffs Part 1

This tutorial shows how to paint Redrock Bluffs. This look is common throughout the Southwestern US but can also be seen in other parts of the world. Michael shows what colors to use and how to handle the paint.


Redrock Bluffs Part 2

Redrock Bluffs Part 2

This tutorial is part 2 of how to paint Redrock Bluffs. Michael Lewis shows how to finish the details and how to handle the knife to create that finished look.


Painting Fall Trees (part 1)

Painting Fall Trees (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael shows how to paint trees when they have turned orange, yellow and red. An easy to use color palette is explained and shown.


Painting Fall Trees (part 2)

Painting Fall Trees (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael completes the fall trees and shows how to put the finishing touches and make the trees look convincing and real.


Painting Snow With Water (part 1)

Painting Snow With Water (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael paints a river bank in winter. Learn how to keep your snow clean and how to paint a convincing snowbank.


Painting Snow With Water (part 2)

Painting Snow With Water (part 2)

This is part 2 of Painting Snow With Water in which Michael finishes the background and middle ground.


Painting Snow With Water (part 3)

Painting Snow With Water (part 3)

This is part 3 of Painting Snow With Water. Michael explains and shows how to finish the water with reflections and details.


The Plein Air Painting Rig

The Plein Air Painting Rig

This video explains how to make the most efficient use of your time and tools when you paint outdoors.

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