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Ninoum 11 Mar 2023

I want to get better at mountains so I decided to do an episode with one in it. I always struggle with them. My snow won’t do what it does for Bob. The grain of the canvas is too rough. So I decide to prime my canvas with 2 layers of gesso like Bob. And it worked!!!

My left bigger evergreen is a little fatty! I guess on that side of the mountain, there’s tons of superfood and nutrients for those trees! 😂

I added bushes in the bottom left corner. My painting looked too bare.



those evergreens are gorgeous!

Thank you Jessie! They are done with the oval brush. The effect is spectacular!

Very nice Nancy - love that mountain :) I use the cheapie canvases from Michaels most times. They are allegedly double primed when you buy them. I take them home and prime them 2 more times. I usually gesso a bunch at a time. Last time I did, I gessoed 43 canvases of various sizes. Also, on those Michaels canvases, they have a big sale 2 or 3 times a year where you buy 1 get 2 free. That's when I stock up - I grabbed over $100 worth last time. That sale should be soon. Sorry I got off on a tangent there. The added bushes fill in that corner nicely, you evergreens are beautiful.

Thank you Tony!! I also buy my canvases from Michael. I didn’t know they were already double primed! Lol! I never primed them before unless I was using contact paper (that’s the only way it sticks on the canvas) or I had some sponge work to do. Now I know that it makes a huge difference!

My guess is the double primer on the Michael's canvases is the thinnest possible coat than can be applied. It is almost non existent which is why I double prime everything twice. Now the level 1, 2, and 3 canvases are primed better for sure, but I still gesso those too.

Thank you for that info!!! I learned something new tonight! 😀

Mgiese84 Cleanest Technique In The Game

I agree with Shadow great evergreens

Thank you so much Matt! 🌲🌲🌲

Bonjour mon amie .tu l'as fait de manière fantastique. The trees are great, what is the format of the canvas?

Super evergreens, I really need to try the oval brush for the highlights which I always refuse.
One hint regarding your waterlines. I would suggest you mix them with a bit of the sky colors. Pure white is a bit too bright.

Merci mon ami! ☺️ I used the same as Bob on this one 18”x24”. Not sure what it is in cm. I learned the metric system but I have been in the US for so long now that I only use imperial.

Thank you Tom! The oval brush was used for the dark background as well. This is the 2nd time I do evergreens this way. The 1st time was in Indian Summer. I love the effect of that brush for evergreens.

You are right about the waterline. In the video, Bob uses pure white but in the book, the picture shows some light blue ones. I wasn’t sure so I did what he did in his tutorial.

Thank you for that advice. I “collect” all single one of them you give me. 😀

Thanks Nancy , nice Weekend 😎

lightsnow Community Helper

Very realistic evergreens and a lovely green color throughout. Excellent work!

Loving this one.
Your evergreens look very good.
Not sure if it was intended or not, but that big one on the right looks like its top catches more sun that the lower part of it. Like there are more trees to the right, outside the painting. I like the effect.
Mountains look good as well.

Great mountains and your trees are fabulous!

Thank you very much Lightsnow!! 😊

Thank you Titia! It was wanted that way indeed! Glad you like the effect! 😀

Thank you so much Sandy! ☺️

Very nice

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