How to paint a red Autumn leaf in watercolour

Bright vibrant Autumn (Fall) leaves are always appealing to paint. In this video I show you how to build up watercolour to achieve the rich dark reds, browns and yellows within this leaf without the colours muddying and mixing into each other on the paper.

Oh, and my excuse for the unladylike behaviour at the end is because I was pregnant at the time and very gassy, haha!

I hope this inspires you to paint your own! Do leave me a comment, I love to read them.

Happy painting,

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  1. Carolyn C Lynn on November 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Looks amazing.

    • Joleigh on February 8, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      I agree it looks beautiful

  2. Susan Merila on November 15, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Another reason to love your school! Thank you. I’ll be back as soon as I can manage it. (Last year was wonderful!)

  3. Christiane Kingsley on November 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sally on November 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I love your work & plan to “attend” another class in a year. So beneficial!

  5. Sally Logan on November 15, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you Anna, that was so informative, A couple of weeks ago I painted a Watercolour still life of Autumn leaves and realise the missing ingredient is the dark tips.

    I am taking a break from Watercolours at the moment, I need to learn how to paint in Oils as I have entered The Mall Galleries challenge on 1st December.
    Good to take yourself out of your comfort zone now and again!

    I look forward to learning to paint portraits with your online school in the future.

  6. Alice on November 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you dear Anna 🙂

  7. F Cameron on November 15, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Your new book arrived yesterday, and I’ve read through until the projects begin. I’m fascinated by your ability to convey realism! I’ll look into your online courses after I try the projects.

  8. Hellen on November 16, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Very informative but will it be better on A4 or A3 work on the colours

    • Anna Mason on November 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

      It’s whatever you’re more comfortable with – it’ll work fine at A4

  9. Suzanne Linch on November 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful leaf, plus your books are wonderful too.
    Thank you

  10. Vickie McCarty on November 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Very helpful! Thank you!!

  11. Mary Broshear on November 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Thank you Anna! I love watching your videos and your explanations of the process are excellent!

  12. Louisa Beyer on November 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    You are making watercolour so simple. Thank you

  13. LaVerne Mulvey on November 25, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Beautifully done. Leaf looks real!

  14. Petro Farr on January 18, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Dear Anna I have been following your newsletters and love your work.
    I am now proud owner of your Watercolour World book and looking forward to start the projects in it..

  15. monica on April 27, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you Anna! I love your explanations of the process: they gave me the courage to start painting three years ago and now I enjoy every moment free from work with a brush in my hand, combining my love for nature with the passion for drawing that I had since I was a child.

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