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Winter Elegance

joha59 03 Nov 2020

On 24x30 cm,with Winton oil. The (too) black paint of the banks was mixing with the snow, my stones are floating above the water and how can Bob Ross make the backgound trees so vague?



The reason your stones look like are floating is because you shaded underneath them. If you blend a little more white back in under them, that should fix the issue (or turn them into jumping fish or something, lol!). I like your background trees! And great shading on your snow, and details on your foreground tree trunks.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

The trick to vague trees is to near the colour of the background by tapping only very gently with the brush. That also requires very few paint on the brush! If you have too few on it, you can always take a little more but too much at first is always unforgivable.

The floating stones can be helped by, Doggymom's advice for shading for sure, and adding a very thin (palet knife) underscoring line. Check out some other paintings from community members that painted this version.


Ah yes, I forgot to mention the water line as well, thanks Voy!

The water/ice is too white for a visible waterline, I saw later Bob is putting some white/blue strikes where the water/ice should be ... thanks for comments and advises, I will do another try, maybe using a softer brush for the background trees and in stead of black grey or brown colours.

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