Project:  Fall Landscape

Created by Karen Hubbard, Helping Artist

Karen Hubbard has always been interested in art.  She drew and painted as a child, and took oil painting lessons at age 10. As an adult she began oil painting in her 20s, took 10 years off to raise her three daughters, returned to painting in 1974 and hasn’t stopped since. Hubbard began working with acrylics and developed her well- known fur and feather painting style.

Hubbard, a long-time member of the Society of Decorative Painters now based in Eugene, OR, has taught at many SDP conventions and chapters for the past 30 years. She has also taught in Japan, New Zealand, England, and Italy. She regularly exhibits at the conventions under the business name of Hubbard’s Cupboard, and can be reached at its Website,

Hubbard’s creation for Helping Artists is a panel or canvas featuring all the sights and colors of a beautiful fall day on the bank of a small lake.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO10 Cadmium Yellow
  • DAO16 Burnt Orange
  • DAO42 Baby Blue
  • DAO88 Charcoal Grey
  • DAO98 French Grey Blue
  • DA113 Plantation Pine
  • DA163 Honey Brown
  • DA190 Winter Blue
  • DA191 Camel
  • DA266 Orange Twist
  • DA269 Foliage Green
  • DA276 Razzle Berry
  • DA283 Blue Harbor

Sealers / Finishes

  • DS21 DuraClear Satin Varnish

Additional supplies


  • 8” X 10” Masonite® panel or stretched canvas


  • Water container
  • Palette paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tracing paper
  • Dark graphite paper
  • Fine grit sandpaper or sanding disc
  • Fine point stylus
  • #2 liner brush
  • 1” flat brush
  • #12 flat brush
  • #8 flat brush
  • #8 filbert brush
  • Small fan brush
  • Mop brush
  • Stipple or old sprung flat brush
  • Pencil eraser



  1. Use 1” flat brush to basecoat surface with one coat of Baby Blue. Let dry.
  2. Using 1” flat brush, begin basecoating at bottom with horizontal brush strokes of French Grey Blue, allowing some of undercoat to show and ending about ¼ of the way up.
  3. Begin brush mixing in some Winter Blue as you work towards top of surface, ending with Winter Blue only on brush. Allow some of Baby Blue undercoat to show through as streaks. (Tip: Keeping paint a little on wet side helps it to move better.)
  4. When dry, sand lightly, and transfer pattern, outline of mountain and banks only.


  1. Loosely float in shape of mountain with side-load of French Grey Blue, using #12 flat brush.
  2. Make two mixes for mountain:  Dark mix: Blue Harbor + French Grey Blue + Razzle Berry (1:1:1:); Light mix:  Baby Blue + Razzle Berry + Snow White (2:2:1).
  3. Using #12 flat brush, float in darker areas on right side with dark mix, and float in light areas on left side with light mix.
  4. Wash/float Blue Harbor on some dark areas.
  5. Highlight lightest areas, base of mountain, and suggestions of snow on left side with side load of Winter Blue. Repeat as necessary for desired lightness.

Green Banks

  1. Float in banks with #12 flat brush and Foliage Green, slightly thinned.
  2. Using 1” flat brush, float between and under banks with Plantation Pine. (This should be quite dark, so repeat as necessary, making sure to let dry between applications.)
  3. Using small fan brush, paint short grasses on banks with following colors, one at a time: Foliage Green, Plantation Pine, Camel, and a little Burnt Orange.

Distant Trees

  1. Stipple in with Camel, using #8 filbert brush and slightly dry paint.
  2. With same brush, stipple in Charcoal Grey at bases and right sides for shading.
  3. Add additional colors of Burnt Orange and Orange Twist.


  1. Stipple in with Plantation Pine, using #8 filbert brush. Let dry and do second coat so color is darker.
  2. Highlight left sides with Foliage Green, side-loaded on #8 filbert brush.

Large Tree

  1. Basecoat trunk and branches Charcoal Grey, using #2 liner brush.
  2. Use liner brush to add a few streaks of Burnt Orange for highlight on left side of  trunk.
  3. Using stipple brush and Camel, pounce in leaf clusters, varying sizes.
  4. Pounce Honey Brown on bottoms and right sides of clusters.
  5. Pounce highlights of following colors: Cadmium Yellow; Orange Twist; and Cadmium Yellow + Snow White.
  6. Add shadow and leaves under tree; darken with Plantation Pine if needed using  small fan brush, creating grass. Using #8 flat brush, paint short horizontal strokes under tree to resemble fallen leaves with Charcoal Grey, Burnt Orange, Honey Brown, and Cadmium Yellow.


Note:  All reflections are painted wet on wet: Dampen surface with 1” flat brush; lay in desired reflection and mop gently with mop brush to soften image. Let dry completely before repeating directions for next reflection.

  1. Dampen surface, then paint in mountain reflection, with two mixes used originally.   Let dry, dampen again and add snow and light highlights with Winter Blue. Mop again.
  2. Paint in evergreen trees reflection, with Plantation Pine and #8 filbert brush.
  3. Paint tree trunk reflection with Charcoal Grey using liner and #8 flat brushes.
  4. Paint reflections of tree leaves using stipple brush to pounce Honey Brown onto damp surface. Let dry, rewet, and pounce in Camel and Cadmium Yellow. Mop to soften. Dampen again, “stipple” in Orange Twist, and mop. Final color is Cadmium Yellow mixed with a little Snow White, added in same way.
  5. Paint leaves floating on surface of water in same way as leaves under tree.

Corner Motif

  1. Transfer pattern if needed or free-hand motif.
  2. Paint large rock and small ones on bank with Charcoal Grey, using #8 filbert brush.
  3. Paint little branches with liner brush and Charcoal Grey.
  4. Pull up grasses with liner brush using Plantation Pine and Foliage Green; Cadmium Yellow; and Burnt Orange and Orange Twist.
  5. Using #8 flat brush, create little one stroke leaves with chisel edge of brush, using some Honey Brown, Burnt Orange, Cadmium Yellow, and a touch of Snow White.


  1. Remove any remaining graphite lines with pencil eraser.
  2. Sign, then apply two or three coats of DuraClear Satin Varnish.


Click on the pattern below to view it full-size for printing.