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Valley View

lightsnow 03 Aug 2020

Painting # 58. For the past 2 weeks I've been really struggling with what to paint. I'm at a point where deciding what I want to create has become more challenging as I've painted most of what I had on my 'to paint' list. I had this canvas prepped with black gesso on the bottom half with distant evergreen shapes so I tried loosening up and painting an iteration of Valley View. I didn't really watch the episode but used an image of Bob's painting as a reference, while taking a lot of creative liberties. I was able to use my new fan brushes for the smaller evergreens and this is the first time I tried painting large evergreens with the oval brush. Painting this was a nice experience overall - really laid back. Those are the best painting moments for me. I had a lot of autumn colored paints left on my palette so I decided to add a whole bunch of autumn bushes at the bottom. 18x24


It looks like there is first ice on the lake. Nice autumn scene Lightsnow!

lightsnow Community Helper

That ice was one of those "happy accidents." I initially meant it to be a water line but I used too much liquid white. I hadn't even considered it could look like ice until a friend pointed it out. Now, this looks like a scene in the mountains in October with snow slowly starting to come down. That's the beauty of painting in this style. Sometimes you can paint something that even you can't even notice!

Can you tell more about oval brush you mentioned? I am puzzled. I think that I think wrong what the oval brush is.

lightsnow Community Helper

The oval brush is one of the Bob Ross brushes. It's the only one with the black handle. Here is a link to it:

Thanks Lightsnow! I did not know about this brush! Effect on the evergreens it made is awesome!

Beautiful painting. I really like the pines and colorful bushes!

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