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Morning Walk

Romain 18 Mar 2020

Quick adapted painting of Bob Ross's Morning Walk, with two childen playing along the path. The wood is reminiscent of some there are around my home town.
Sorry for the shiny dots and blurs I couldn't avoid nor remove with Photoshop... Too much oil on a bad quality canvas (still haven't found the right ones, neither the correct amount of liquid white! :)) 'Campfire' might be next, as I need to play with colors more and look to complete challenges. ;)


Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Romain, very nice interpretation of 'Morning walk', really liking your personal style!
Concerning canvasses, I buy 'Winsor & Newton', standard double primed and they are at a reasonable budget price (for a full box of six, I get them for 4,86 Euro a piece, 40x50 cms and 3,61 Euro for 30x40). They are excellent quality, never had any troubles with it.
Liquid white only demands a thin layer yet it needs to be evenly spread. I apply it criss-cross wise and then wipe it multiple times over the entire canvas from side to side, horizontally and vertically. An easy check if the entire canvas is covered can be done by holding it into the light until you spot its shine. If all is bright, all is covered! If you have one or more dull spots, you need to wipe it with your brush again. Dana Jester uses a small trick to see if he applied too much and that is to press your finger on the canvas. If you can spot your fingerprints, it is okay, if totally white, you used too much and need to wipe it with some paper cloth.
Bonne chance!!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Concerning the campfire painting, I can recommend it yet it is a challenging one. My suggestion is to read/see how other community members painted it. I learned from them that way.
If any blending needs to be done, make sure you only gently do that AND with a soft brush. It will help to avoid mud making for that particular painting!

Romain Master of Portraits

Thanks Voy! I'll look around for those canvases. :) For this painting I forgot to say that the priming was also bad - and this is my fault, experimenting with a priming spray. As I go, it seems I need to favor a strong priming and a moderate use of liquid white/clear.
Posting the "Campfire" I just finished in a minute. ;)

Romain, hi. I found the link just few minutes ago about those spots on the canvas. I think it makes sense.
It was difficult to remember and find the picture and author, but I am happy I did. Hope it will be useful.

Regarding priming I read/saw on video ( dont recall where exacrly) that the best is foam brush of big size. Also that bristle brush is worst choice for priming. And another option is to spread primer with big pallet knife from renovation/builders store. I tried bristle brush, it needed serious reshaping after. Also I tried big size knife to cover major part on the second canvas, I liked it more as you can move faster and you must be fast. Please let us know what your preference is going to be.

Romain Master of Portraits

Hello Sunnylady! Thank you for sharing (and taking the time find it!) this video. :)

Yes, because it is a bad quality cotton canvas with poor priming (spray) and not enough paint but oil, the spots show, even distanced from the light when I took the photo. As Mark Carder says in the video, irregular surface works best for me, which I obtained with two added gesso layers. About the painting itself, as I will go away from the wet-on-wet technique, I should use more paint too, to cover more surface and create effects.

I looked around for a video about your way of priming. Here is a video that seems to do so. Might get the joint knife when working on larger canvases... For now, I use a 3" brush to spread gesso and elevate the canvas to take care of drips on the sides.

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