Download Rabbit-Squirrel 
Download Snow Textures 
First A Couple of General Notes
When you are using any of the paint tools you must set your presets prior to choosing your color or it will revert back to the default color
also once you choose your color the preset will go back to showing none but it does in fact keep your choice

Remember to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.
If you find a setting you like or think you will use often refer to this snapshot tutorial by Debbie Hardisty on how to save your favorite brushes.
Saving Brush Settings to your Easy Palette

Also most all the settings specified in this tut are done with the brush panel.So once you set your Preset.....all other settings can be done from the brush panel
Saving textures for reuse in your Paintings

This can be done with a Wacom tablet or with a mouse.The settings
are all approximate as each person will use a different amount of
pressure or a firmer or softer stroke.Also remember the undo is a
very important tool and you will need lots of patience. A lot of steps
seem repetitive but when you are trying to achieve a certain look you
may have to try several different tools to get the look you want
.So it is kind of a back and forth process.
(which is where the patience comes in)
Painting in Mode versus not

Please note that you may find it much easier
to manipulate your painting if you were to
paint in object mode.
Advantages to painting in mode is that you
can paint a little bit at a time making it
an object. If you decide later on down the
line that you don't like that particular tree
in that spot but it might look better on the other
side of the canvas, you can simply move it over.
It also makes it easier should you require to blend
certain aspects of your painting.

All color Values specified are Windows Color Picker using the R>G>B
Remember every time you click in and out of mode you are creating a new layer that can be altered or saved separately

If you are not familiar with the brush panel settings
and where they are located I would recommend referring
to this tutorial prior to starting
Start with a 600x400 White Canvas. You can reduce when you are finished.
Click on Mode
 

Base Coat
Oil Paint Dry Stroke
size 160 transparency 87 wet control
Color Windows Color Picker
R
230 G234 B238 multicolor 0 27 24
Click on Texture tab
Texture snow 006
cover canvas (about 2 passes)
Click out of Mode

Click Mode
Background Leaves
Charcoal-Gritty
Size 15 transparency 14
weight 100 distribution 52
Color 233 205 141 multicolor 0 27 24
spacing 21

Changing only color and transparency
Color 165 125 87 multicolor 0 27 24 transparency 88
make a few highlights

Click out of mode
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Click in Mode
Trees
Paint brush sizes varying from about 35 to size 1 make your trees and branches
Color 8 10 9
Transparency 60
Softedge 30
Click out of Mode

 

 

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Click in Mode
Small branches

Color 8 10 9
Transparency 80
Softedge 20
Click out of Mode

 



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Click in Mode
Snow on Trees
Oil Paint -Drop
size 6 brush head 4 density 25
Color 229 227 234 multicolor 0 13 38
random 100
spacing 24
Click on Texture
snow 7

Change Size only
to size 2 and do small branches
Click out of Mode
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Click in Mode
Evergreens
Charcoal Gritty
size 10 w 2 h
weight 34 distribution 52
transparency 14
Color 69 84 54 multi 0 27 24
spacing 32
Click out of Mode

Click in Mode
Rough up your snow
Oil paint light stroke
size 22 transparency 93
brushhead 27 dens 35
Color 240 241 247 multicolor 2 16 0
Wet control 13
Spacing 24
Click on Texture tab
snow texture 8
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Add a little base to your color trees in the background.......very small
Paint brush
size 2 transparency 20 softedge 26
Click out of Mode
Select your trees
Add some shadows to our front trees........

Since the light appears to be coming from the right front
I have chosen the left perspective shadow which is the last one

Right click shadow and split shadow and adjust transparency (reducing slightly until you are satisfied with results).

I also clicked on the background trees and used the same shadow

Paint a couple of small animals or use objects or the ones supplied
Place them where you want them and then add the same shadow

frame it and don't forget to sign it
Below are our 2 FullSize Examples


We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
  
Any question please email me
Sparrow
sparrow8@cogeco.ca
or
Acadie
murphy.norma@vl.videotron.ca