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Trail's End

DaveJ 20 Jan 2022

I found the application of the different colours onto the totally black canvas initially very disorientating, and I am not sure that much of that colour came through. I think if I was doing this painting again, I would only gesso black the bottom half (or even bottom third) of the painting so that I had a horizon line; and then liquid white the top half for the sky and liquid clear the bottom half so that the colours can jump out of that half. Alternatively, I would try liquid white to black transition down the canvas; that I haven’t got to yet in this series. I do like the effect created with the dead trees. Not sure about the hot pink path created by the Alizarin Crimson though. My painting would have been better if I had a pre-planning phase rather than just following the video with no paper planning phase.



Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

There are several Ross recreations that have the liquid white and black mingling/mixing. It's not easy to keep it under control but your paint will slide like never before!
Well, at least my mixed liquid black does that since I make it myself with Ivory black and linseed oil!
I don't keep a paper but I learned that watching the show a few hours, or days, beforehand really makes a very positive difference!

Thanks for the warning Voy, I plan to use limited amounts of both to help keep it under control. I normally do a few complete viewings and make notes in the preparation phase for a painting, but in this one I had difficulty as it almost seemed a random application of the different colours.

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