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Winter Glow

BoobRoss 27 Jun 2020

Consistently struggling with trees & bushes. Too much liquid white or too little? What works for you?

Oils

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lightsnow Community Helper

It's a delicate balance. You have the find just the right thinness for the paint to easily pull off your brush and stick to the thicker paint. You can mix the color you want and then add a bit of liquid white to your brush to loosen up the paint on your palette. Make sure you load your brush really full and don't press too hard. It takes a good amount of practice!

Thanks lightsnow. Would you say that it's better to have "too much" paint on the brush, versus "too little"? I think I have too little, causing me to push harder than desired. Like you said, will keep practicing!

lightsnow Community Helper

I think it would be worse to not have enough paint. Considering the bristles of the Ross brushes are quite coarse and firm, it may disturb your under layer of paint. What you want is a good amount of paint on your bristles, at the right consistency, so that it will gently 'pull' off onto the canvas without any pressure. You'll know it when you've figured it out. It's almost like magic. I guess that's why Bill Alexander called it 'the magic of oil painting.' It took me a good amount of time to figure out. Even to this day I still have difficulty sometimes.

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