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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg


By Annamarie Oke

Christmas time in Newfoundland Canada is a special time where you see a lot of tree lights and it is not uncommon to see trees in Dory's fishing boats! I was raised and still live in Corner Brook, Newfoundland Canada.

I am an artist and designer/teacher. I like mixed media and combining various mediums in the same design! I am a Dynasty Brand Specialist, A Pebeo Product Specialist, Decoart helping artist, and just recently have been selected as one of the Painting World Magazine/Viking Ambassadors! Wow! My passion for my art style just keeps going! I teach in my own studio here at home and love teaching internationally through the United States for chapters and trade shows!


11x14 canvas...any brand will do.


Permelba by Weber

Oil Transparentizing Medium Gel

Burnt Umber

Cadmium Yellow

Alizarin Crimson

Paynes Grey

DecoArt Americana

Snow White DA01


Decoart Chalky Gesso White CG01

India Ink - Demco India Ink PICD016

Decoart Americana Sealer/Finisher Matte DAS13


Dynasty Brushes

Faux Squirrel 1827 Liner Aux Reservoir #10, and #6

Black Silver 3/4 comb

Large Wash Brush

Mongolian Sable By Dynasty #20,#12 #6.

Encaustic Bristle flat

Eye of the Tiger round #4.


Paper towels, Q-tips, small plastic container for ink, palette knife, palette paper, tracing paper, graphite paper, pencil, household ammonia clear (may be purchased at the Dollar Tree)


I basecoat my canvas with the white chalky gesso. Once dried I go outside and spray my piece with two

coats of the Americana Sealer. Let Dry!

Trace my outline on the canvas. (I only trace the boat and a couple of horizontal lines for placement for the trees and water line.


1. Pour your ink in the container and begin outlining the boat and shoreline.

2. Dip your liner brush into the ink, making sure that the “belly” of the brush is completely loaded with ink. You will notice that you will get long strokes of ink flow by using these brushes.

3. Add the woodgrain on the boat. I made knot holes by just dragging the brush so the belly

touches the wood.

4. Tip: I use household ammonia to remove any unwanted inking. I dip the Q-tip into the clear ammonia and squeeze out access. I wipe out the boo-boo! You would not be able to do this if the surface was not sealed with the sealer.

5. Let's make trees. Using the black silver comb, load with ink, and make the trees. I like to start from the top and work out towards the bottom.

6. Let's not forget the tree in the boat! I also like to sign my artwork with the liner

and ink at this point before I go ahead with the oils.

7. Let your piece dry and then take it outside and spray two coats of sealer. You are now ready to apply the oils.

8. I used a styrofoam plate as my palette and I just put a spot of paint as big as a chunky chocolate chip! I placed the colors around the outer circle of the plate so I could have room for blending in the center. I use the Mongolian Sable By Dynasty #20,#12 #6. These are my blenders for the rouging on color. I am also using the Encaustic By Dynasty bristle flat and the Eye of the Tiger round #4. These are my applicators for the color.

9. Let's begin with the sky. Using my flat bristle brush I blend the transparent medium into the

brush first and then pick up the Paynes Grey and apply it to the edge of the skyline towards the mountains.

I then place my blender bristle brush into the Q-tip container so it does not roll on the table, making a mess. With the #20 Mongolian Blender, I blend the blue into the sky making fluffy clouds. Make sure you wipe the extra color of your blender brush. You may soften towards the edge of the sky with a clean paper towel. I use a dry Q-tip to make a circular shape for a moon. With the blender, I chiseled across the bank making it look like snowdrifts. I applied the Paynes Grey with the flat bristle brush and then blended the water using the blender brush horizontally. Don't worry...we will add the white caps after!

10. With the blender brush add snowdrifts below on the beach, (this is not as much as the hills) the wind blows so hard that the snow blows away leaving just frozen rocks!

TIP: You can go right over your trees and even strike your boat. You can remove the color from the boat with a dry Q-tip!

11. Let's add a tad of color to the evergreen trees. I use my palette knife and place a tad of Paynes Grey in the center and wipe your palette knife in between a paper towel and add a pinch of the Cadmium Yellow blend to make a beautiful rich evergreen. I like to scrape the color that I mixed so I can see the stain underneath. That is my true color. Oils tend to be very dark and hard to see the color. using the bristle brush apply just small amounts of color to trees. Now tap them with the blender using it as a Deerfoot brush.

12. Let's paint the boat! Mix a touch of Burnt Umber in the Alizarin crimson. You will get a

nice Christmas red! Using your #4 round add the transparent gel and pick up a scant amount and place it on the very end of the top of the boat, now blend.

13. I added a scant amount of Burnt Umber to the Paynes Grey, this makes a nice blackish-grey shade for the rest of the boat. Add color and then blend. You may add highlights to the color using a dry Q-tip.

14. I added a touch of this blackish shade to the stones using the small round and adding just a touch to the inside of the rocks and using the smaller blender, shade the color.

15. You now add the snow with white acrylic. I used my Black Silver comb for this.

16. Add small dots of acrylic sealer to make small ornaments. Add red glitter and then shake off the excess. I like the look of a touch of glitter!

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You have now completed Christmas in the cove. Enjoy your piece.

If you have any questions please email me at

Visit my website for brushes and packets

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