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Woodland Retreat
A happy spirit reveals itself, as if grateful for the past,
that is suggested by this enchanted homestead.
Seen through the window of the heart, home will always remain.
That place of retreat, safe and secure. --- Robert Butler

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1. Composition: Using Brunt Carmine and the round brush layout the basic composition of the painting. 2. Sky: Using a generous amount of white and a touch of Magenta on the fan brush blend in the area designated as sky. Add a touch of Blue to the top left of the canvas and blend it into the rest of the sky.
3. Trees at the horizon: Using the fan brush load with Brilliant Blue, Magenta and Aqua holding the brush in a vertical position block in the horizon trees.
4. Center sky area: Blend Magenta into the center of the painting using the fan brush. Blend back and forth in short strokes holding the brush vertically.
5. Ground colors around the cabin: Using the fan brush loaded with Yellow Light, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Magenta lightly blend back and forth to cover the ground around the cabin and along the horizon line.
6. Foreground: Yellow Light and Alizarin crimson are mixed toe create the foreground color. Blend into the horizon area.
7. Bushes: Small bunches if bushes are created with the fan brush and Green, Carmine, Crimson and Yellow Light are mixed to create the dark highlight areas. Use the fan brush in upward strokes to form grasses along the road and into the foreground.
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8. Road: Use the fan brush loaded with Titanium White, Brilliant Blue, Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre and a touch of Magenta in the foreground of the roadway.
9. Highlights in the grasses: Yellow Ochre and Yellow Light are brushed lightly in a patting movement using the fan brush turned vertical. Shadows under the cabin: Carmine and Green are mixed to create deeper colors of shadows. Block in the cabin shape with the same colors.
10. Tin roof: Brilliant Blue, Burnt Carmine and Titanium White on the angular brush is applied in an upward stroke. Highlight around the rooftop in Titanium White.
11. Boards on the cabin: Load the angular brush with Yellow Ochre, Magenta, White and a touch of Carmine. Leave darker areas of the door an windows. Shadows under the porch roof and along the roof top are created with the angular brush loaded with a touch of Blue and Carmine. Use White to bright toward Blue and White.
12. Trees: Lay in the foreground tree trunks using the script liner brush loaded with Burnt Carmine, Brilliant Blue and a touch of Hauser Green Dark.
13. Highlight tree foliage: Use the fan brush loaded with Yellow Light and a touch of Brilliant Blue with a cast of Aqua.
14. Shading tree foliage: Use the fan brush loaded with Hauser Green Dark and Burnt Carmine mixed (to a a watery consistency) to shade the darker areas of the trees.
15. Highlight tree trunks: Use the angular brush loaded with Titanium White, Yellow Light and a touch of Magenta lightly to highlight the sides of the tree trunks.
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16. Trail in the road: Using the angular brush loaded with Titanium white and a touch of Magenta and Yellow Ochre follow along the roadway to create the rut areas.
17. Brush at the base of the trees: Load the stencil brush with Hauser Green Dark, Alizarin Crimson, and Yellow Light. Stipple in the bushy trees at the base of the pine tree. Reload the brush with Hauser Green Dark and Aqua to put the middle value highlight in the bushes.
18. Large oak tree behind the cabin: Load the stencil brush with Yellow Light and a touch of Magenta, stipple in the basic shapes as shown. Load the stencil brush with Burnt Carmine and Alizarin Crimson to add the deep tones to the tree foliage.
19. Branches in the tree: Use the script liner brush loaded with Carmine and a touch of Yellow Ochre and Green to create the branches of the tree. Highlight the branches by loading the script liner brush with White and Yellow Light. Lightly blend into tree branches.
20. Trees in the foreground of the cabin: Load the fan brush with a mixture of alizarin crimson, Hauser Green Dark and Aqua and lay in the foliage of the trees.
21. Highlights: With the fan brush loaded with Titanium White, Yellow Light and a touch of Crimson, make the necessary highlights on the grass and foliage.
22. Brush along the roadway: Load the fan brush with Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre and stroke along the base of the brush along the road. This softens the transition into the roadway.
23. Background haze: Use White and Blue on the angular brush to lightly brush a "haze" between the background trees along the horizon line. The shadows on the left side of the trees are achieved by using the angular brush loaded with Aqua and Magenta.