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Fisherman's Trail

MattSeabrook 19 Nov 2023

One of my favorite of Bob's - I wanted to try it in a Large Format (24x30) but I also wanted to use real wood instead of a canvas! The prep work involved taking a sheet of plywood, applying sanding sealer, a walnut stain, a cherry stain, and then drawing black gesso lines vertically to represent the planks of wood... What I didn't think about was because the base wasn't a white canvas, the grounds below turned out quite dark! I love how dark the water is, but if I try this again I would figure out how to lighten up the bottom...



Really nice!

Good one Matt!
I like how you used real wood and gave it a treatment to make it look like planks.

As for the foreground bushes and such, you could add more highlights, making sure the paint your use for the highlights is opaque.
That should make the whole part, just like the path, lighter/brighter while also keeping the dark spots for the shadows.

Another great painting from you. 🀩

You can always retouch your water if you want. In this case, I would apply a very thin layer of a gel medium instead of liquid clear (too risky) if the painting is dry. Then reapply the color you want for your water using the same technique that you did in the first place. If paint went over the existing foliage and your painting was dry, use a cotton swab to remove it. It works like a charm! 😊

Very nice! If you like wood check out user @Dirk1968 . Do does some amazing wood sims.

@TitiaD: Good idea to put highlights. I mixed my own liquid clear on here, so the sheen turned out too shiny, if you look at it at the right angle the colors pop, but overall looks too dark on the bottom!

@Ninoum: Gel medium sounds very interesting- What is it exactly? I probably shouldn't be cutting my own liquid clear/white either eh? Using Linseed Oil and Paint Thinner from random hardware stores...

Great painting Matt, cheers

Way cool!

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Thanks @Dirk1968 !

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