My friend’s birthday was coming up and I knew she loved all things branches and Cherry Blossoms, so I decided to paint this little gem for her new office. I started it a little over 2 weeks before her birthday because I thought it would take forever, but surprisingly, it didn’t even take one afternoon. I did it on Mother’s Day, and I told my husband, I didn’t want to do anything but paint. I even entered it into our calendar.

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Of course, when he sees me break out the canvas, he has to break out his.

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I chose a canvas that was not traditional in size. 12 x 24 inches. This made it great for a landscape painting. I usually purchase gallery stretched canvases. They just look so much nicer. Start off by doing long strokes from left to right with different shades gray. A bigger brush makes it easer and blends much nicer.

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Then use a smaller brush to stipple on the mountains. Remember, you are working in layers. So the stuff in the back should looks faded, blended and a little blurry.

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Then work your way towards forward, as you get closer, things start to take shape and appear more crisp.

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Put some white highlights for snow peaked mountains.

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Add your branches. Since acrylic dry’s faster than you can say hello, now it’s time to mix some oil. This is just red and white dabs.

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That little yellow blotch was actually done by my son, as his contribution.

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A nice effect is to bring the artwork around to the sides of the gallery canvas.

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Finito! And here it is showcased below in her nice new office.

darlene