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"My love for the land is the strength behind my paintings, and I know there are many others who share my feelings." ---Robert Butler

If you are painting for the first time, look at each of the tutorials listed below and choose your favorite scene as your first project. The technique worksheets will help you experiment with the paints and practice with the brushes.
paint palette

Supplies List
More than the following basic supplies may be used.
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Four brushes
(fan, angular, script and stencil)
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(acrylic paint recommended)
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(or jar of water)
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(fine textured stretched recommended)
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(table or floor model)
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(for technique worksheets)

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Dogwood Sanctuary
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Technique worksheets

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bullet.gif (543 bytes) Number 3: Highlights and details

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Tips and techniques for painting on location

When painting indoors, at normal room temperatures (70 -78 degrees F.), the paints will retain moisture longer, allowing for long periods of smooth blending. In this setting, keeping the brushes moist by frequently dipping them in water will be sufficient. But move outdoors on a sunny, windy day and the paints will dry out quickly. Using a water sprayer, mist the canvas before beginning to paint and repeat as needed to retain moisture while blending colors.

Brush Descriptions
Nylon or synthetic brushes are recommended for use with acrylic paints.
More than the following four basic brushes may be used.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) The Fan Brush is used to paint sky, water, grass and foliage.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) The Angular Brush is used to add details to wildlife, buildings and foliage.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) The Script Liner Brush is used to refine highlights, branches of trees and add detail to small areas.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) The Stencil Brush is used to shape leaves and bushes and add highlights to foliage.

Principal Palette Color Descriptions
Acrylic paints are recommended because they are fast-drying and easy to use. More than the following nine basic colors may be used.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Alizarin Crimson has a vivid tone and is blue red in appearance.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Yellow Light and Yellow Ochre are used to add warmth to other colors.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Brilliant Ultramarine Blue is blue purple in appearance and is used to create subtle transitions.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Hauser Green Dark and Aqua are used to intensify green hues.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Titanium White brightens, grays and expands all colors in the palette.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Burnt Carmine is used to darken greens.
bullet.gif (543 bytes) Magenta is used as a stimulator and enhancer.