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Broadway Village, Cotswolds
The bushes used in this painting are a number 28 flat wash brush, 3/4 inch flat wash brush, 1/4 inch flat, the Number 8 Round and a number 2 Rigger brush.  The paints I used were Pebeo Studio Acrylic.  Colbalt Blue, Titanium White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Hookers Green, Paynes Grey and Alizarin Crimson.  These Acrylics can be used like oil on a canvas as well as on watercolour or acrylic paper.  I used a12x16" Artists fine weave Stretched Canvas for this painting.  Click here if you would like to purchase any of these items at a discounted price.
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Once your painting is dry its time to add the finishing touches and make it snow.  The reason for the grey road and path is so you can ensure you have painted all the canvas and your brush marks will leave light and dark in the snow.  Make sure that you don't paint it evenly.  Snow can be added to the bushes by stippling on both Titanium White to the right and Cobalt Blue mixed with Titanium White to the left of each bush.  Make sure you leave gaps.  The road and path are done using the same colours but use your blue mix to create shadows to the edge of the road and car tyre marks in the snow.  If you zoom in you can see a mother and daughter walking the dog.  Use any colour you wish for these and don't forget their footprints using your blue mix.  Add snow to the roofs and anything protruding from the buildings and sign your painting.  Job Done.

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Before you start you'll need to mark lightly where your horizon line is on your canvas.  Using a mix of Cobalt Blue and Titanium White with your No.28 flat wash brush fill the entire sky area making sure you paint below your horizon line using side to side strokes to prevent brush marks.  This will ensure you cover the canvas completely.  Any white canvas left behind could possibly go yellow over time.  Now its time to do your drawing.  A basic outline is all you need as you can see in this first image.
These distant trees and fields are easier than they look.  Firstly mix a light purple using Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Titanium White.  Use your No.8 Round brush to stipple on the trees where you want them.  Leave gaps for the distant fields and allow to dry. 

Once dry its time to decide where the light is coming from.  In this instance the light is coming from the right.  Using the same brush stipple Titanium White to the right of each tree making sure you leave gaps.  Stipple a mix of Cobalt Blue and Titanium White to the left of the trees.  The fields are simply a stroke of Titanium White with the Blue & White mix at the base of the trees to create shadow.  Once dry, use a mix of Raw Umber and Titanium white and add a few branches in the trees here an there using your No.2 Rigger brush.  Don't add too many, just enough to give the impression of trees.
For the buildings use a mix of Raw Umber and a tiny touch of Burnt Sienna.  Fill the buildings using both the 3/4 inch flat wash brush for large areas and 1/4 inch flat brush for smaller areas.  Brush marks at this stage will give the impression of texture on the buildings.  For the distant buildings add a tiny touch of Titanium White to the mix to create tonal recession.  The roof tops are done using Paynes Grey and Titanium White.  Add more white to the mix for the lighter areas.  Again use the flat brushes to get sharp edges.
Shadows are done using a mix of Alizarin Crimson and Paynes grey.  Add plenty of water to this mix to ensure its transparency.  Test on a separate piece of paper before applying to your painting.  Apply shadows to the left of your buildings, roofs, chimneys and under the overhanging roof.  This will add a 3D effect to your painting.  Keep your shadow mix as we will be applying more later.
The details can look very daunting but they are a few simple strokes and daubs.  For the windows simply paint the area with Titanium White then add small dots with Paynes Grey to create the illusion of windows.  If you want to create brown window frames simply mix Raw Umber in with your white.  Add shadows to the top and right of your windows to push them in to the building.  For the bay windows add your shadow to the left to make them protrude.  The wooden beams are done in plain Paynes Grey.  Add the snow to the roofs using the same as the distant trees (white for the light side and Cobalt blue and Titanium White mixed for the shadows).  Make sure that the blue is darker than the sky at this point.
As you can see on this image, a lot has been done.  The windows are done in the same way as the windows above, details are added to the building on the left by using both shadow mix and Raw Umber mixed with Burnt Sienna.  Shadow mix is also used to create further details.  Play with the mixes to obtain different shades.  Just keep in mind what casts a shadow and where that shadow will fall. 

The bushes are quite easy.  Simply use a mix of Hookers Green and Burnt Sienna and stipple on using your No.8 Round Brush.  The lamppost is simply painted with the No.2 Rigger Brush and Paynes Grey.  Add Titanium White to the right to add depth.  Whilst you have your Rigger Brush and Paynes Grey, paint your ariels.

All you need to do at this stage is to paint the road and path with Paynes Grey and Titanium White mix.  Ensure the mix gets lighter as the road goes further back to create your tonal recession.  Allow this to dry completely.
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