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A Walk in the Woods

pietrocomes 22 Feb 2020

This is my third Bob Ross painting. It was challenging because the other two were only with three colors. I still have problem with the canvas soaking the sky, I nees to purchase gesso. This was not so difficult but of course being his very first video he was not so easy to follow when I was doing the pond sides and path


Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Yes, Bob's very first is not an easy one, also he struggled I believe with finding the right rythms and forms. Priming is really a must, either you buy cheap canvasses and you need to prime them yourselve or you buy them double primed. i prefer the later, I purchase them budgetwise and they are the very best I ever used. Good luck with your future paintings!!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

And to be honest, you did VERY well with this one!!

Eheheehe thank you😁 the fact is that this time I bought triple primed canvas online for 8,50€/10$ each, and still having the same problem. I think from now on I will start priming the canvas myself. It is so sad looking at your painting getting ruined.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

You got me stunned! Triple primed and still troubles? Well, an option is indeed to prime it yourself with quality gesso. Please, keep us informed on that progress!

I definately will. Otherwise I really don't know what those small spots in the sky are😞
If you check for example my first painting Shades of grey...

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Pietro, I noticed the problem now after blowing up your picture. I had the same issues with two paintings end of January. Please read the comments on my painting 'Winter Evergreens'. There you might find some answers from me and specially Sunnylady. Keep me informed!

Pietro, hi, I am so surprised to hear triple prime has the issues! I had a lot of troubles with canvas at some point. Do one thing check if you got oil spots on the back of the canvas and if textile has any issues like knots, unevenness in the problematic spots. I also saw couple of canvas where I used too much odorless paint thinner and it partially diluted primer. Now I have oil stain at those paintings on the back side and they will be first destroyed by storage conditions within very short time because it is a big flaw.

I still keep thinking about your problem and really disappointed to hear about quality of the material for such money with this tiny size.
By the way I use cotton Chinese manufacture, small tooth, double primed and 16 or 14 by 20 inches. I am happy with it especially because of the budget I have. What is your canvas under those 3 layers of primer?

Hi! Thanks for your support. Yes I checked. There are some spots on the back of the canvas in the same position of those on the front. I must suppose it is the prime.
Unfortunately I don't know what kind of canvas could be 😔.
It is a 18"x24" of Artistik.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

I use Winsor & Newton, double primed, about 4.5 USD for a 12"x16" and 6 USD for a 16"x20". I am VERY satisfied with the quality. Good luck on your next paintings Pietro!

Pietrocomes, sorry for misinformation. I did research about my canvas on the manufacturer's website and it turns out it is triple primed.

Also I wrote small article about canvas for beginners Community>Articles. I will write one more today how to check canvas when you buy them. However, I experienced some difficulties that is why I cannot upload picture in the articles, please give me a bit more of time to get in touch with Felix. I'll publish them afterwards.

I am glad to inform you that I think I've solved the problem. I have painted Mt. McKinley yesterday with the same type of canvas but this time previously primed by myself😊 so not ugly spots anymore😁

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Way to go Pietro! And thanks for very useful information towards us. Keep up the good work!!

Great news! Congratulations with success in troubleshooting!

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