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Hidden Delight

Voy Kay 30 Dec 2021

I like these kind of hazy paintings, that's why I had chosen this one to complete. I must admit that I had prepared well for this yet wasn't 100% motivated in the head/heart. The latter luckily changed during painting so was able to produce a satisfactory creation, I believe.

Canvas used was a budget 16"x20". Not everything was easy here since quite some different values needed to be mixed. Less grass was created then the original and I decided to add some birds to break that empty sky somewhat.

What interested me most in the end was that FINALLY I discovered how Bob adds paint on the brush and pushes it upwards for grass and foliage. Specially on the right sight of my creation, that is visible. if only I had known it was that simple (I never really tried it before!), just needs some daring gesture and a lot of paint on the brush.

Up to the next painting!


PS: Second picture shows the result after applying liquid white, clear and black.

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What began with a “less than 100%” day ended with a new discovery and your willingness to share it with us! Thank you Voy, happy new year and I can’t wait to try this technique because I struggle a lot with this myself!

A lovely painting all around!!! I love the misty paintings too and you nailed it here. Great grass too!

And I love your evergreens!

And the leaf trees too!!! Ha!

It's worked a treat voy. And I agree with HLarson3, your evergreens are fabulous. Its nice to see so many gaps between the branches. They are like baby bear's porridge, just right!

Hi Voy, great discovery! Super nice evergreen trees with so much character! and great background trees both in terms of color and value and straightness. Did you change from fan brush to a flat for background trees?

Beautiful painting! Love the trees and the hazy sky!

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Such a lovely finished painting Voy! Great depth created. The sky is so soft and hazy and I love the addition of the birds! They seem like they belong here :) Yes - terrific evergreens! And what you said regarding the highlights....I had that aha moment one day as well and suddenly his tap tap tap with that little ridge of paint made sense! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

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I didn't think this was the easiest either. Especially the background with the liquid clear and such. I actually had to do the background twice on mine.

Hi Voy, Thanks very much for sharing you 'AH HA! SO THAT'S HOW HE DOES IT.' moment with all of us. It really brought it to my attention so that I can improve the way I put it my grass. I find I have to watch hs actions and listen closely to his words, especially towards the end of a painting. Thank you for that. You have created a great painting.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you Hlarson, a happy New Year to you and your loved ones as well from Belgium.

I admit these hazy ones are amongst my favourites. Unfortunately Bob has only few of them. Perhaps it's time I start inventing them myself?!!

Till next one!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

There's a small secret to those evergreens TLP.
When using a larger canvas, 16"x20" or more, I am able to use my wider wave brushes and those tend to bend somewhat while using them, thus creating a rather adventurous tree!

Happy New Year and till next one!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you for your cheers Sunnylady.

No flat was used there but I switched between two kinds of waver brushes. One is Bob's which are stuuborn and hard, the other are a Chinese product which are considerably softer.
So happy you like the trees!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thanks for liking this one Sandy, have a great end of year and till next one!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Move your comment and cheers Pam! Happy New year to you and your loved ones!

Indeed, I focused on what Bob did with the brush and finally the camerawork DID show visibly how he did it. I copied it and voila, I got the desired result!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Indeed Matt, it took some daring to apply the three liquids. I really took care to distribute them seperately (Liquid white and clear in the middle and liquid black around it) on the canvas and then really went wild to mingle it with a clean brush. I added a second picture here to show the result.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

So happy for your cheers Dave and I'm very pleased I was of help to you.

It is true that Bob often uses this technique but it is hardly visible on the screen. With this creation, the cameraman was able to capture it well, much to our benefit!!

Hi Voy, by ‘wave brush’ do you mean the wavy tip synthetic brush such as the Dynasty Blue Ice Wave such as that sold through Jackson’s with the stiff bristles and the soft tip? If not, would you mind providing a further description / link please. Cheers

Pietro1963 Master of Monsters

Great scene V!Love tky and the birds.Happy New Year!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dave, probably also called waver brush, translating Dutch to English here.

Look at the link:

These are softer then what Bob uses. Mind you, too soft isn't good as well, it would be best to feel them in an art shop or so.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Amigo mio Pietro! Grazie compadre!

Happ^y New year and till next one!!

This is the link to the wave brush on Jackson's site -
I has a wave shaped soft tip at the end of stiff bristles. Looks useful.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Yes Dave, those were the ones I'd noticed at first. They are less suitable for pinetrees though, at least not fo the Z-shaped ones.

Thanks for that Boy, much appreciated. Happy painting into the New Year.

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