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Shades of Grey

pietrocomes 09 Dec 2019

This has been my absolut first try of a Bob Ross painting. I found very difficult to stay confined with the paint in small areas of the palette. When I mix the colors the paint goes everywhere :(. I need to improve that. In this painting I tryed the very first time to make the snow on the montains. It was the most difficult thing especially because it was the first time, I spent most of the time with that and didn´t even get what I wanted. Also a good shape of the bushes is difficult to obtain. An other problem was blending the couds with the sky. The Bob Ross bristle brush I think is too hard. The bristles cause strong lines of paint when blending. But all in all I was very happy because finallly I´ve learned many things and the second time was much better. P.S. Invest in a good primed canvas. I bought this cheap one and as you can see is leaving bad marks on it. Especially in the sky.


Comments

dracula Power Painter

Wow good job! You're on the right track. I really like the distance you achieved in the mountains and the dramatic lighting in the sky and in the background. Looking forward to seeing more!

Thank you for the support!

@pietrocomes , there are special things available (in USA they are sold separately from cheap canvas). I don't know the name in English but they are triangle looking pieces of wood that you insert in the corners of the stretcher (back of the canvas) and use a little bit of hammer to slightly expand by hammering them in the special holes in the corners. (see some youtube videos) . It helps to stretch textile. It should be firmly stretched before you start painting. I see your canvas is not stretched enough but the size should be big as you have middle piece.

It is a very good job and nice landscape you got. I also started with this one to try how oil behaves after acrylics and was amazed. So welcome to the world of landscapes oil painting!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

For a first try it is an excellent effort! I struggled with mountains too in the beginning but now I use a ferm palette knife (as Bob recommends) iso a (too much) bendable one. It has really improved my work! Success!

Pietro, I see that spot over there. I also see that your canvas is not stretched enough. Regarding 2 inch brush. I have very thick brush for house painting which is harder than my 1 inch Bob Ross brushes. Key to fluff the clouds will be almost zero pressure.

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