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Blue Ridge Falls

Tom0779 06 Jun 2020
Blue Ridge Falls

I painted this one today. It´s acrylics on 30 x 40 cm paper. It is somehow a practice object for my plan to paint episode S21E3 which I think will be a huge challenge for me. Especially in acrylics. But I wanted to paint a waterfall before. Personally this one is not my favorite. It got much too dark again. The mist is really tough to create with acrylics, but I found my own way so it looks somehow ok but by far not that good as with oils. For the sky I mixed ultramarine and phtalo blue, as per hint of Sunnylady. It is much better than pure phtalo, I think I could put in some more ultramarine.



Sunnylady Community Darling

Tom, very nice painting! Love misty mountains/hills.
If you dont mind one more advice try to make sky lighter as you move closer to the horizon. Take a look outside of the window you will see this happens in real life. It also becomes a touch grayish as it progresses to the horizon.

Sunnylady Community Darling

Evergreens are great, by the way! Mist is very good too. You just need a bit more practice. I guess you found recipe on the uyou tybe? Or figured it on your own?

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Sunnylady. I think this photo is a bit unlucky. It has a very shiny blue touch. I usually paint the sky lighter towards the horizon. Sky is always a challenge with acrylics. That’s why I prefer scenes with only little sky. For acrylics I use mainly techniques I learned myself. I don’t follow tutorials for them. For oils and watercolors I do.

Sunnylady Community Darling

I did one painting in acrylics with a lot of fog around the little boat more than a year ago. I love that painting. It is done on canvas that's why it allowed me to use dry brush method that my instructor showed in the course. German Orihuella is his name.
So method is when you use hog bristles brush dip it in the paint, wipe it well after, very well I mean, and then fire in with residues. It requires a lot of pressure that's why not very suitable for the paper. Result is clouds or fog or when you need to use it for delicate shadows or highlights.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Well this is basically what I do, I additionally take a clean dry brush to frequently blend the color. It works not too bad. I used the same technique when creating the mist between background hills. But creating mist on dark color is less forgiving.

Wonderful work!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thank you Jin. I hope I can create a similar quality for S21E3 next week :)

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