Realistic Rocks – How do you paint them?

It’s no secret that rocks are hard to paint. All those tiny textures, cracks, and shapes can be hard to manage within a painting. Over the years I’ve come to realize though that there really are no secrets to getting outstanding looking rocks. Whatever style or technique you like to use, the bottom line is that in general they simply take a lot time to do. Learning to not cut corners and do them correctly, all while being patient, I think is one of the keys to a great looking rock. So hopefully I can shed some light on this subject for you in this video and that you’ll feel a little more confident when tackling the rocks in your next painting.

Win a free art print:

My website:
My eBay auctions:


::::::MATERIALS USED::::::(affiliate links)

Acrylics used –
Titanium White:
Cad orange:
Cad red:
Carbon Black:

Glazing medium:
Workable Fixatif:

Brushes used:
Flat –
Angular –
Filbert –
Small round –

Oil Paints I used –
Titanium white:
Cad orange:
Cad red:
Chromatic black:
Quinacridone magenta:

Oil Medium:
Mineral Spirits:

Looking for more of my supplies? checkout:

– The highlights of the rocks were mixed with some white and a touch of orange, sometimes a touch of red as well.
– The shaded side of the rocks (dark brown) was mixed with black and white to produce a gray. Then I added some red and orange to colorize it a bit.
– The dark shadows were mainly just black and red, sometimes a touch of white.
– The shaded part of the snow was white, black, and a touch of magenta. The highlighted snow was just white and a bit of yellow.

Thanks for watching! (:


You might be interested in