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Mountain Serenity

Voy Kay 05 Jan 2020

Canvas used was a 12"x16". First painting where I had to completely redo the mountains. It was terrible from the start but I hope I ended well. The evergreens were tough to do and so were the bushes. Easiest was the water. Not my best work but hope it can be found satisfactory.


The mountains look great. I have completed two paintings. I am decent with trees. My mountains are horrible. I cannot get the paint to break. I have Bob Ross paints as well. I understand the concepts and the technique. However, transcribing them to the canvass is a different story. My paints seem to be extremely oily and slide on the palette. Bob's paint does not do that. It seems to be more firm. I am going to try another one tonight, I am thinking about refrigerating the paints for 10-15 minutes to make a solid. I am new to the community unsure if there is warnings about this and hope I don't destroy my expensive paint. Nonetheless, you painting look great to me. Hopefully, one day I will get there I have a lot invested and this is something I really want to do. Thanks for allowing me to vent my frustration, that I should not have with two painting under my belt. Lol

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Lookon, thanks for taking your time for your wonderful comment. It takes practice, practice and practice to get certain things done but in the end, you will master most, if not all difficulties. Also very attentively viewing AND listening to Bob while he paints helps a lot. There are some instructional/helpful episodes that Bob created, you might wanna view them for extra help. Concerning the sliding of the paint, my first guess would be that you used too much liquid white or liquid clear. If you are in doubt about the amount used, always wipe off the canvas in a gentle manner with some tissue. Specially with liquid clear, the danger of using too much is present. If you use Bob Ross paint, that is good quality, no worries about thta. Good luck and till next time!

Voy, Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. I will continue to press on. Thanks again.

Beautifully done.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you Barbara!
This one was created in my earlier weeks of oil painting, and I had way too few experience yet.
Those evergreens for example would not be far more filled up and better shaped!
I am VERY happy though I made such grand evolution and really hope I still can improve a little more!

Till next one!

If you want the snow on the mountain to break, you can apply the white paint on a cardboard. The cardboard will absorb the excess oil, then when you take the paint from the cardboard and apply it to the mountain the paint breaks.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thanks for the advice Luna! This was only my fourth week of painting, I had much to learn still. Now, I am pretty certain it would be A LOT better!

Till next one!

I wanted to share this method when I saw the comments. I also love your paintings, I wish you success.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you Luna, it really means something to me that one likes my creations!

These days, my mountains have improved a lot, together with my foliage and bushes, yet now ... my clouds are getting worser!! Maybe it is the paint that I use for them, although 'Winsor & Newton' is quality stuff!

I have trouble with clouds too sometimes. I wonder whether I might try a sponge next time and see if I can combine it with Bob's technique. I have tried it with a different style of painting in acrylics and it went pretty well.

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