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Ebony Sunset

Romain 13 Feb 2020

Had to paint and finish a painting after starting four of those, so wet that I cannot progress anymore... Quite frustrating, so here is my eighth one, made in one hour and a half.

Because I still need to figure the right amount of primer, liquid white and so, I made this one with no primer on the cardboard canvas but sprayed black acrylic. A nice and deep color... I almost left the canvas like this!

I am still learning to paint thick over thin to avoid mud mixing.

For the atmosphere of the painting, I deliberately wanted to make it darker and more open. During the video, I found Bob's work more realistic. Maybe I am more of a boring or claustrophobic person. :) Moreover, this leaves the eyes go al around the picture in my opinion.

Sorry for the reflection clouds on the water due to the light. Could not avoid it before tidying and letting the painting dry.


Thick layer need to be on the top of thin layer.
Thickness here I mean how much impasto you are going with. For wet on wet it does not really matter as all paint layers dry together. This rule mostly applies for layers type of painting due to the hazard of cracking if done otherwise.

It is very nice atmosphere. I imagine someone near the camp fire there in the far away.

Romain, you can try to wipe canvas after applying liquid white or using a bit more solvent so it dries faster. But because you painted it so quick, I think you may want to watch how much paint is in the layers below before applying next one. Also because you use just acrylic paint it, this may create problems. I have black acrylic and black gesso, so my gesso is matte comparing to acrylic paint. I think this also improves adhesion and prevents paints slide from their places.

Romain Master of Portraits

Thank you Sunnylady for your advice. Yes, I did not mention it but it may be a good strategy to use a bit of thinner as I did there for the very first layer. Let's see how this goes for the next paintings!

Felix Creator of

As Sunnylady said, great atmosphere in this one!

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