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Sunset Oval

dracula 10 Oct 2020

I (obviously) had some pretty bad technical difficulties with the stencil for this one. I'd love to get the advice of @lightsnow, @charden, and @jiannaninja to see how they approached their wonderfully successful versions of this painting.

I've also noticed that vertical paintings do not photograph well on my easel. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they can share for how they photograph the paintings they upload?

On a different note, this may have been the fastest Bob Ross painting I've done...definitely under three hours.



lightsnow Community Helper

Hi Dracula. This painting looks fantastic. I really love the colors. To give you an answer about the stencil - I remember it being really finicky and difficult. I used plain old contact paper and spent a considerable amount of time tracing with a pencil and carefully cutting everything out with an exacto knife. It looks like your design may have 'stretched' a slight bit on the right when you were sticking it to your canvas. I think I remember getting my wife to help me place it neatly and carefully on my canvas. Since I can never get any contact paper to stick properly, I also always have to paint inwards. For this one, since there were so many little open spots, that was really tough. I know you've mentioned using painter's tape instead of contact paper before. Is that what you did here? Maybe contact paper may have been overall more robust here?

Beautiful painting with awesome pines, trees and mountains as always!
I’ve discovered that Duck Brand Peel and Stick Shelf Paper is amazing to work with and does not bleed under. It is white and heavier than contact paper. I purchase at Lowe’s in 20”x30’ rolls.
Also, I found a trick for photographing. I lay the painting on the floor in a room with North facing windows then stand over it with my IPad on which I place a small level. It took me a while to find the best light situation but I’d guess every home has a workable spot somewhere.

This looks very good.. Great mountains.. great water and trees ... I really like how you extended the image past the "border" Its a nice visual

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