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Mountain Seclusion

dracula 21 Sep 2019

I REALLY didn't want to put a cabin in there, so instead I put in some kind of weird castle ruin, which is way more my thing. Had I realized ahead of time it was going to get covered partially with a tree, I might have changed things around a bit.


Another great one! You have such mastery of clouds and mountains, bravo!

dracula Power Painter

Thank you, that's very nice of you to say! I've noticed I generally become decreasingly confident as the compositions move forward. Not sure why, but my guess is that it's an issue of pacing. I can just "dance" in a sky and I'm finding the mountains seem to look better if I don't overwork them. Then, as more detail comes into focus moving toward the foreground, I have a tendency to not be able to maintain the same pace and things start getting overworked...or are they underworked? Ha, I really don't know, just have to keep practicing!

What brush do you use for the clouds? Do you typically stick to the filbert brush?

dracula Power Painter

On this one I used the one-inch brush to apply the large shapes and the filbert to apply a little extra light and color variation, especially toward the center of the sky. For more precise blending, I used a soft #10 mop brush (I think the brand is called Silver). It was about three layers, overall. I finished up the sky with the normal fluffing and blending with the two-inch brush. I do use a lot more filbert brush than Bob, generally, though mostly just for details and accents.

Awesome! I'm going to try to incorporate that technique. Look forward to your next painting!

lightsnow Community Helper

"I hope you are plagued by dissatisfaction" - Bob Ross

Seems like you caught the bug, which is a good thing. That will keep you pushing to better yourself constantly. That little voice of subtle discontent in your head is what will prevent you from becoming stagnant.

Another great painting, by the way. Nice addition of the castle ruin. Makes me think of Skyrim.

bob_ross_watercolors Watercolor Virtuoso

Another awesome painting Dracula!! Love the castle ruin idea.

Great use of light: I love the brooding dark trees and the bright snow & frost. That mountain also looks a very long way away.

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