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Winter in Pastel

lightsnow 01 Dec 2019

#26 for me and continuing with my recent trend of painting winter landscapes. I made my own liquid white but I think I didn't thin it down enough. It was slightly harder to make things stick this time. I ordered some more Ross brand liquid white so, moving forward, I'll know it's the right consistency. I had trouble with the mountains again, this time opting for more of a cliffside look, but these look really two dimensional. I was sort of able to make the snow break a little bit, so at least there's some slight progress. I find my bushes are also looking like bushes now, so I'm catching on as to how to make highlights. I created a border with masking tape. Overall, this one took 2 hours to make. I've been trying to speed up the process lately. 18x24 on a value canvas.


dracula Power Painter

This is really lovely! The soft colors and subtle lighting give this a very professional finish. I think the cliffs look very good; the stark, clean edges make it very easy to read.

I love contrast of purple and yellow-orange color! Good job. I think mountains look better now as they have more complexity in colors. If you ever watched Bill Alexander, his mountains look quite special and there is something to learn from him too. May be for mountains top you would like just to wiggle the knife a bit for undercolor.

I like the fog far away, near the mountains and distant trees far away. Great job!

By the way about the snow breaking. Try to use bristle flat brush. Hold it like you are eating out with fork in a very high end society . Then use only one flat side of the brush and hold very horizontal to the palette. Try to work with it by drugging the brush with paint on one side horizontally to the canvas. No pressure of course. Also do not hold close to the metal thing on the brush. Middle or the end of the brush only.

Reload often. But before wipe dirty white a bit, not fully. So you don't waste a lot, but snow is not contaminated with undercolor.

lightsnow Community Helper

Great advice, thanks!

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