The weeping willow is a variety of the willow tree that has drooping branches and slender leaves that give it a
melancholic ‘weeping’ appearance. This tree is native to China but has spread all over the world and is grown for
ornamental and artistic purposes, among other purposes.
The weeping willow features in a vast range of art genres, from landscaping to sculpture to painting to drawing.
Most people grow them in their gardens as a central feature in its landscape, as well as for aspiring painters to
Most aspiring painters will, at some point, paint a weeping willow, since it is a
very common feature in many landscape paintings. Artists learn to use brushes and blend colors as they paint these
beautiful trees. Here are a few guidelines to making a good weeping willow painting.
- While sketching the willow on canvas, make sure the lines of the willow’s trunk feint as they will be
covered with leaves and branches. Sketch three to four ‘mop heads’ and then draw line to blend them and make
them overlap. This will give the general shape of the tree.
- Paint the tree trunk first. This is done by combining and blending brown and a small quantity of black and
painting the trunk using small strokes that drag the paint along the trunk of the tree. Another coat of the
same paint will give the texture of the bark.
- Combine green and grey nicely and evenly when painting the leaves to give it an ‘ash’ look. Keep the brush
stokes moving downwards to give the tree a draping look. While you do this ensure not to cover the entire trunk
of the tree.
Drawing a weeping willow is not an easy task as it is very difficult to portray the
special expression the tree gives. There are, however, certain guidelines you require to make sure you tackle this
feat successfully and well.
- Get a reference picture as a guide. Once you have your pencil and canvas, start with the trunk of the tree
then move to the main branches.
- Draw the general shape of the tree as a sketch line over the trunk and branches.
- Make the trunk and branches darker, and add a few branches that will support the leaves. Add the leaves by
drawing lines moving downwards. This creates the drooping effect of the tree.
When using the weeping willow in a landscape, it is important to consider that it is a large tree full of
expression, so keeping it a reference point in your garden would create a beautiful scenic view for your home.