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Dogwood Sanctuary
Amid a forest sanctuary, let wind songs ring.
Know the melody of a whisper resounding through tall, dark columns.
In this place of heart songs, walk softly,
And listen to the echoes of dreams, yet to be fulfilled.  ---Robert Butler

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1. Composition: Lay in the basic composition of the painting with Burnt Carmine and the angular brush.
2. Sky: Load the fan brush with White and paint in the base of the sky above the treetops. Load the fan brush with a mixture of Yellow Light and Alizarin Crimson, brush in the sky over the base of White.
3. Background trees: Use the fan brush loaded with Yellow Light and Aqua to make a yellow green shade for the background tree and down to the horizon on the left using short choppy strokes. 4. Background: Load the fan brush with Aqua, Yellow and a touch of Magenta. Paint in the upper right area, then add Blue to the tip of the brush. Block in the rest of the trees as shown above. Add a touch of Carmine to finish the foliage in the lower right area.
5. Dark ridge along tree base: Achieve this by using the angular brush and Carmine. Blend into the ridge crest using horizontal strokes. Tone the Carmine base by adding a touch of Magenta and Aqua to the fan brush and lightly blending it over the same area.
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6. Middle ground: Use the fan brush loaded with Burnt Carmine and Yellow Light to create a band under the dark color. Texture the transition between these colors by stippling Alizarin Crimson holding the fan brush horizontally.
7. Foreground: Block in the lower area of the canvas using the fan brush and a mixture of Aqua with a touch of Burnt Carmine. Create texture by stippling in the Yellow Ochre and Butler Magenta. Texture the transition between these colors by stippling Alizarin Crimson holding the fan brush horizontally.
8. Tree trunks: Use the script liner brush with Yellow Light and a touch of Crimson to stroke in the distant background trees. Using a mixture of Blue, Aqua and a touch of Crimson stroke in the tree trunks in the middle ground areas.
9. Highlight: Block in the upper level of the path using the fan brush in a horizontal stippling motion with Titanium White, touches of Butler Magenta and Brilliant Blue. Pick up alizarin Crimson to shade the foreground area using the same brush stroke.
10. Foreground trees:  Using Yellow Light and a touch of Alizarin Crimson stipple in the foreground foliage to the right and center of the trees. Add a touch of Aqua to create darker foliage.
11. Texture of ground: Use a mixture of Brilliant Blue, Burnt Carmine and Alizarin Crimson on the fan brush to create deeper colors and the texture of the lower ground area. Continue the path with Titanium White.
12. Pathway: Complete the pathway using Titanium White and a touch of Alizarin Crimson by using a horizontal stippling motion with the angular brush.
13. Foliage on the forest floor is done with the fan brush loaded with Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Light. Use Alizarin Crimson to create the darker colors of the floor and the foliage in the foreground.
14. Highlight in the trees: Use a stippling technique and the fan brush loaded with Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson and a touch of Titanium White to brighten up the trunks of trees in the foreground along right side.
15. Dark foliage: Highlight with Aqua, Yellow Light and Blue using the fan brush turned on it's vertical side. Continue until the pine tree foliage is adequate.
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16. Springtime foliage on the forest floor and the pine trees in the upper background are created with the fan brush and Titanium White, Yellow Light and a touch of Aqua.
17. Dogwoods: Using the fan brush add pink dogwood blossoms from a mixture of White and Magenta. Highlight the blossoms on the sunlight side with White. The tree trunks of the dogwoods are a mixture of White, Hauser Green and Magenta.
18. The branches of forest trees are created by using the script liner brush loaded with Titanium White and Magenta for the highlighted side of the branches and a mixture of Burnt Carmine and Aqua for the shadow side of the branches.
19. Tree shadows across the forest floor: Using the fan brush and Brilliant Blue in a thin wash , lightly "pull" the color across the floor from the base of each tree following the contour of the forest floor.
20. Using the script liner brush and Titanium White with a touch of Magenta, lightly touch the right sides of the tree trunks and the ground to show the light source. Highlight the tree limbs with the script liner brush and the same color mix. 21. Highlights of the foreground trees (highlight some trees, not all). Use the fan brush and a mixture of Magenta, Yellow Light and Yellow Ochre.
22. Enhance pathway: Load the angular brush with Burnt Carmine, Titanium white and Yellow Ochre and blend along the pathway to enhance the colors previously applied. Soften this blend along the edge of the entire pathway.
23. Wildflowers: These are done by stippling in with the fan brush loaded with Titanium White and over stippling with Magenta and Yellow Light.