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Before the Snowfall

Tom0779 04 Feb 2020
Before the Snowfall

This one shows me, that I need to practice more evergreen trees. Also the sky looks somehow flat. Cabin and foreground are okay as well as the misty background trees in my opinion.


Sunnylady Community Darling

Great job! This one looks like it's snowing and windy at the same time. Great colors! Well done!

dracula Power Painter

I really like the sky in this painting. A wintry scene like this could very well have more subtle, narrower dimensionality in the atmosphere; you have captured that feeling. Nice work!

Felix Creator of

Oh I just love the textures in your paintings. Are you using rather dry paint?

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks again for your positive feedbacks. @Felix: until now, all my Bob Ross like paintings are done with acrylics. The more distinct a part of the painting, the less water I use. It’s similar to watercolor paintings, in case you worked with this medium. I hope this helps :)

Your cabins are always excellent!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thank you Jin7. I always draw an outline with a pencil - for me this works better.

This grainy effect works really well for your snowy scene! I’m still having trouble with my trees (as you can see on this painting’s community tab) and I was wondering if it gets easier to use the side of the fan brush? Because I always just end up smudging rather than creating those active tree branch figures :/

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Well StuartisUnoriginal, at the time this painting was finished I wasn´t really happy with the outcome of my evergreens. At this time I used a nylon fan brush which is very soft. Later on I tried several other fan brushes and I recognized the more stiff the bristles are the easier it works for me. The best fan brush, in my opinion and for my technique, is the Bob Ross fan brush. But I use it only for my oil paintings as it shouldn´t be cleaned with water. At the top of the tree I hold the brush totally on the side and start with just touching the canvas. As I go down I continuously turn the brush to a straight handle and apply more pressure. This works best for me but I needed some time to find it out. What I want to say is that my way of making evergreens might not work for everyone. Others also prefer a brush with more soft bristles. There is also an article from dracula where he shows how he paints evergreens. Hope this helps?

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