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Evergreens at Sunset

lightsnow 15 Apr 2019

This was my fifth attempt at painting and my first attempt at using a canvas painted in yellow acrylic. I'd always wanted to paint tree silhouettes over a sunset so I used Bob Ross's "Evergreens at Sunset" as a model.

18x24 on a really low quality, crappy canvas purchased as part of a value pack at WalMart. The canvas itself was crooked and had a piece of wood right down the middle, resulting in an obvious paint line going right through the canvas. It's a shame, too, because this one was a lot of fun.


That background is amazing! I'm thinking of doing this with hardwoods to study oak silhouettes. Do you have any advice for painting the background?

lightsnow Community Helper

I made my own liquid black and used that for the sky, then added the red and orange-ish colors and blended it together a bit. For the liquid black, I bought refined linseed oil and mixed that with midnight black paint in a 6:4 ratio, paint to seed oil. As far as advice, I'm not too sure what I could offer. You should check out the joy of painting episode where Bob Ross paints a scene similar to this one, entitled "evergreens at sunset." This was done on a canvas that I had previously painted with a yellow acrylic because of the sun. If you watch the episode you'll see what I'm saying. Good luck!

I love this! Very beautiful, I love the dark colors.
I buy my canvas in a big pack at Michael's and have never had an issue with them. Still, this is really nice work.

I think it came out great!

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