My Top 5 Painting Lessons for Fall

Looking for some fall-themed painting inspiration? Look no further! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this recap of My Top 5 Painting Lessons for Fall is sure to spark your creativity. We will cover apples to pumpkins, color mixing, and ideas on decorating with your art.

A scarecrow painting on a wood palette with a Happy Fall sign surrounded by fall decor.

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As we approach the middle of summer, it may seem a bit early to start thinking about fall. Although, it’s always good to plan ahead, right? I am excited to share my favorite fall painting lessons and hope they inspire you to start painting! So take a peek, grab your paintbrushes, and let’s get started on these autumn-inspired masterpieces!

Color Mixing And Mini Pumpkins!

Black and gold painted backdrop. 2 orange mini pumpkins. Both outlined in black with splashes of gold white, black and red.

In my painting lessons, I often get asked about the colors I use. While I do have some favorite store-bought colors, I also enjoy mixing my own colors. Mixing colors may seem daunting at first, but it allows you to create the perfect shade you desire. So, let’s begin our fall roundup by exploring the art of color mixing! Fall favorites wouldn’t be complete without some mini pumpkin painting too! 

Several shades of orange painted on a mixed media pad using a mixing technique to create a lighter, darker, brighter, or softer shade of orange.

What you will learn in the Color Mixing and Mini Pumpkin Lesson:

  • Supplies
  • What A Color Mixing Guide Looks Like
  • Examples of Tribe Members Mixing Guides
  • Video of Mixing Colors & Palette Knife Mini Pumpkins

LessonColor Mixing and Mini Pumpkin Lesson

Fall Bushel Of Apples Acrylic Painting Tutorial

Christie Hawkins holding a multi media pad with a painting Hello Fall in black, a brown trunk apple tree with all the leaves falling off, and a basket of apples at the bottom of the tree.

I have painted Fall Bushel of Apples a couple of times. The first one was a tech nightmare! If it could go wrong, it did!  I used watercolors like acrylics in the first lessons. If you haven’t tried watercolor I encourage you to give it a try. I love using watercolors!! For the second one, I used acrylics. And to be honest, I am still having a hard time deciding which one is my favorite! Check out the Fall Bushel of Apples Lesson and let me know which one is your favorite!

Multi Media Pad with Hello Fall underlined. A black outline marker, a brown tree trunk with falling leaves and a full basket of red apples at the bottom.

What you will learn in The Fall Bushel of Apples:

  • Supplies
  • Painting the Background
  • Painting the Tree and Bushel
  • Painting the Apples and Leaves
  • Outlining
  • Downloadable Template
A few supplies used to create the Fall Bushel of Apples painting. Blue, brown, gray, orange, red, and green paint. Displayed on a multi media pad with the Fall Bushel of Apples painting. A sharpie for outlining.

LessonThe Fall Bushel of Apples

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Pumpkins

Christie Hawkins holding her Buffalo Plaid Rustic Pumpkins painted on a wood palette.

I just LOVE anything pumpkin! If you are like me and adore all things pumpkin, this cute pumpkin-themed painting lesson is sure to bring a smile to your face! This one is called the Buffalo Plaid Rustic Pumpkins. This is the perfect time to share that painting on canvas is not your only option. I painted mine on a custom 18×18 pallet board made by my husband. If you need a lesson on building a pallet board, you can subscribe to a lesson on building a pallet board here. The wooden canvas adds a rustic touch to the artwork, in the tutorial, I’ll teach you how to create the same textured pumpkins on a regular canvas. I am curious, which surface do you like best for painting, wood or canvas?

Black and white plaid background. An orange pumpkin outlined in black. Splashes of teal, yellow, white, and black as texture on the pumpkin.

What you will learn in the Buffalo Plaid Rustic Pumpkin lesson:

  • Supplies
  • How to Paint an Easy Buffalo Plaid
  • Forming the Pumpkins
  • Palette Knife Pumpkin Painting
  • Flowers and Leaves
Black and white plaid background, orange pumpkin, and a bloom at the bottom. Both the pumpkin and bloom have black outline and teal yellow, green, pink and black colors added for texture.

Lesson ➡Buffalo Plaid Rustic Pumpkin lesson

How To Paint A Sunflower Still Life

 A bouquet of flowers painted on canvas. 8 sunflowers in a box with pink, blue, and white filler flowers. Green foliage. A light blue back ground with a white edge.

For all the flower lovers out there, don’t forget about the beauty of sunflowers during the fall season. If you’re looking for a quick and easy painting tutorial, I’ve got you covered. This tutorial is all about reminding you that being creative doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Sometimes, all you need is a short break from your day to indulge in some impromptu art therapy.

gold details on a sunflower painted on a mixed media pad.

What you will learn in the How to Paint a Sunflower Still Life Lesson:

  • Supplies
  • Create The Layout and Paint in The Background
  • Rustic Box
  • Lush Greenery
  • Easy Filler Flowers
  • Simple Sunflowers
Sunflowers painted in gold with a metalic gold layer. Dark centers. Pink, blue,and white filler flowers. Greens inbetween the flowers.

Lesson ➡Paint a Sunflower Still Life

Decorating for Fall

All of Christies fall art displayed getting ready to use for fall decoration.

When it comes to decorating for fall, it can be difficult to decide which of my favorite fall paintings to display and where to place them. In this lesson, I share with you how I incorporated my artwork into my fall home decor. Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration and ideas on how to display your own artwork in a fun and creative way!

Display of Christie Hawkins canvas art for fall. A haunted house with haunted house decor. And a scarecrow happy fall painted on wood pallet with fall decorations around it.

What you will learn in Decorating for Fall:

  • Ideas on how to incorporate your art with your fall home decor
Fall canvas art added to fall decor to make festive displays.

Lesson ➡Decorating for Fall

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of My Top 5 Painting Lessons for Fall! And if you’re looking for another super cute painting, don’t miss out on my Painting of the Month Club. Every month we feature a new painting lesson! Below is our Farmhouse Pumpkin painting, although registration is closed for this one, we have more awesome paintings coming up!! Join our waiting list and we will notify you when registration opens! Painting of The Month Club

Christie Hawkins holding a wooden whitewashed frame with a painting of two pumpkins. The background is black, and the pumpkins are a gray blue, and light soft green. There are some vines and leaves surrounding the pumpkins.

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