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Lake by Mountain

parksd02 16 Aug 2020

I decided to add a few things. Truthfully, I had a hard time getting my bushes to "stick " this time around. I was low on liquid white, and had to do a few "bush-ectomies." I also incorporated a new color--veridian green.



Love this Parks...can't fault it, great job!

lightsnow Community Helper

Your mountain is really well done. Great skill at making that snow break. Any tips? That happens to me quite often that the bush highlights won't stick. I rarely use the 1 inch brush for bush and tree highlights anymore. I use the half size round brush (Bob Ross line), which is fantastic. Great painting overall!

Wonderful, has depth for days. Really takes you in.

@tel Thank you! It took a lot more work to get this one done than I thought it would.

@lightsnow The best advice I can give is to watch how you hold the knife. You have to hold it with your thumb and index finger on the metal ferrule of the knife, and refrain from putting your finger on the blade at any point. If you do, you add the unnecessary pressure that we seek to avoid. I would recommend watching episode 13 of season 17. It should be a q&a episode with Dana Jester, I believe. In this episode, Bob gives us a knife tutorial, and it is one that helped me tremendously. Here's another little trick I use sometimes: try freezing your white in its tube in your freezer overnight, if you live in a warmer climate or are painting in the summer months. Take it out about 15 minutes before you paint. I notice that the white seems to be firmer and "drier" than usual, and the paint breaks a little more consistently. I recognize that this may be frowned upon by some, but it sometimes helps. 😊 Also--I would recommend raising the canvas above face level, if your easel will permit. Disclaimer: I am not a certified instructor; these are just a few things I've had to try to make that paint break the way we all want it to. :) I hope this helps!

@evarawks Thank you!

lightsnow Community Helper

Great advice. I had been spreading my titanium white out on a piece of cardboard 20 minutes before beginning. That helped a lot. Although, sometimes I forget to do so. A stiff, firm paint is so important. I've gotten it to work a few times, namely in one aurora painting I made. I'll try your freezer trick, that's a clever idea! Thanks!

The picture really creates a beautiful sense of depth and your advice is great.

Thank you! It was tough getting this one to the finish line, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

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