Fantasy oil painting “Broccoli forest”

Fantasy oil painting “Broccoli forest” ©YueZeng

Initial thoughts

In YouTube kid’s videos they often ask “What is green and looks like a little tree?” My toddler would say “Broccoli!”

Yes. I know it looks like a little tree. But how about turn them into real size of a big tree? And not just one giant broccoli tree but a forest. A forest of giant broccoli trees.

Digital sketch

This digital sketch has several mistakes if you compare it to the finished painting. Mostly are the distance relationship between each tree. Some should be further and partially blocked by the tree in front of it. I only discover these mistakes during the actual painting process.

The dog is there as a size reference. Without the dog it is hard to say how big the trees are.

Digital sketch of oil painting “Broccoli forest”


Next time I am thinking that I shall make a photograph set up with real broccoli. I can put them into standing position and find a nice sun lighting area. Then I can take some photos as reference. Maybe some Lego dude too~

The broccoli forest should be good for survivors. It would provide food, water and shelter. Someone can build a treehouse up in the branches and harvest the “little” green buds on top. 😂

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.