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Blue Ridge Falls

Voy Kay 03 Jan 2021

This recreation is categorized, under what I would call it, 'a challenge'. Waterfalls, deep woods, lots of foliage and dark trees .... it's my experience that such sceneries are never easy, at least not for me.
So with finishing this creation .... I have to take that back a little. I studied it up front (watched the vid once) and carefully awaited a very relaxed morning, with enough paint time scheduled, to start this creation (I already prepared the black gesso design over a week ago). In all, that really softened my hard ideas of 'a challenge'.

Canvas used was a budget 16"x20", very carefully prepared with liquid clear. There were not really easy parts in here although some went VERY smooth, like the water and the rocks and pebbles. Hardest part was to keep control of the mist, the placement of the evergreens and the multiple highlights everywhere.
The water was deliberately going a little to the left, since it is a shy rapid stream. The evergreens had three different highlights on them (on purpose!) to show some difference and depth. The giant rock on the right was so well highlighted that I hardly dared to cover it with foliage. Hope that was a correct decision!

The end result had me ... dazzled, just as my family. My daughter (the better artist in the house!) REALLY likes it and that means a lot for she is the worst critic in the house as well. I trust you will like this one also?
If so, please give a comment on the painting and/or an article, thank you!

Happy painting!

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Stunning water, reflections, and those bushes, I love the depth and the falls themselves, can really feel the water movement!

Very successful recreation. Very nice waterfall with exeptional splash effect on the bottom. The evergreens are very nicely detailed. All in all, you hit a home run with this one Voy. I can imagine the actual painting looks even better since a photo of it does not always give it the full credit due. Your detailed description in the comments is just as impressive as the painting itself. I can tell you are very much enjoying the whole process and, in the end, that is what it is all about.

My favorite part is the water. The color, the small stones, the colors... Very beautiful.

Voy, this is beautifully United color scheme here, great value transitions. The variety of highlights on the evergreens indeed adds the depth!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you Ms. C. or your very nice comment!
We're displaying a painting every day at our diner table (room for 8 so space enough). Most of the time that is a fresh painted one, like today. My family could not stop talking about the water and the evergreens.
I guess I had a very good day today but what helped for sure was being VERY relaxed. Although a challenging one, I did this in some two hours, really unrushed.

Till next one!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Haha, thank you Gassanba!
I used my sparkle technique only at the botom of every fall. This really created some volume and specially motion.
I was very relaxed today after a week where I had done some 15 Bob Ross recreations.
I consider the evergreens amongst the best I've done so far. Since a few weeks, I nailed bush making as well so was again very pleased those turned out allright!

The next paintings will be more relaxing, like today, since I will focus mainly on those that I'm interested in. I hope that will produce several other stunning creations!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thanks for your cheers Umagaan, always a pleasure reading your comments!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Yes Sunnylady, when I noticed Bob only used one colour for all the evergreens, I decided not to follow him into that. So indeed, some evergreens have duller or brighter highlights, others were pushed onto the painting with a soft number 4 fan brush, thus creating a slight striping effect that makes them different from the others. Such striped evergreens do exist since I happen to have one in my garden!!

For sure, I will remember this highlighting idea and hope to use it in other creations as well.

Thanks for your cheers, precious friend, and till very soon!

Stunning Voy, that water is so alive and that distant blue mist on your mountains is intoxicating, brilliant 😁

Very beautiful painting Voy Kay! The trees are absolutely gorgeous with tremendous depth created by your highlighting technique. Your water looks fantastic as well!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you Nivek!
It took some effort to create that mist, specially because of the use of liquid clear, since that does not bring to white up front like liquid white does.
The second layer of mist is almost complete hidden behind the evergreens, which is a pity. Bob suggested her himself that a third or more layers are also possible with this creation. And I believe him!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

So happy with your visit Jowers!
Yes, I did quite some efforts with the trees so that they would catch more attention then Bob gave them. The water just came floating out of my brush, it was a dream to paint this!

Till next one!

This is an amazing painting. The water, the rocks, the mist all look so life like! And you achieved so much depth!

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

You make me blush Kaysteeze!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

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