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Evergreens at Sunset

Voy Kay 21 Jan 2021

Prepared this for days and felt okay to try it today. Started well, ended well, in between came the rubbish!
It would fit into Francisco Goya's dark period I think (By coincidence my favourite period).

Canvas used was a budget 16"x20". Carefull prepared with an even mixture of acryl yellow and white gesso.

Better one tomorrow!

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The contrast is is nice.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thank you so much David, a premiere for you commenting on my creations. Really making my day better!

Beautiful colors in the sky. I like the greenish tint in the foreground. The big evergreens have great bark. All in all a beautiful painting. I really need to try this one.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Although a fast painting Umagaan, it is not as simple as it looks this one!
The trees are my best in this painting, where I was not satisfied with the greater darkness of it. But in all .... it does have some charm, has it not?!

Till next one!

It's very special. And I know it's not easy, so I think I should get a bit more practice before attempting it...

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Umagaan, in my opinion, it's not that much experience that counts here but the fact that no liquid clear or liquid white is used here. The liquid black is only for the dark clouds, so it takes some effort to distribute the paint here and there. Limited colors are used for this creation and black is the main one. I failed a bit with the usage of it so that too many different items are almost mixed together.
One needs to be attentive and focused with this painting, that's the secret to it!

Voy I think that sky is absolutely stunning!

Very pretty. This is one of my favorite paintings. Fun to paint also. Although using a little liquid clear makes the colors flow much easier. I really like your version.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Heather, at the start, all went well, also thanks to the liquid black that smears like grease! The rest I am less happy about, except my hairy trees! 😊

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Lori, you did this twice, and sold your first!
I might have to try this one a second time AND use liquid clear this time, I am certain it will help.
Thanks for your never ending cheers! Till next one!

Love this Voy, I'm expecting to see ET pop his head out from behind those magnificent trees

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Hahaha, really made me laugh here Nivek! ET from behind my hairy trees! Spielberg would be mouthwatering!!

I think it's very eye catching. It's difficult to get details in a dark painting. In most of the ones I see (including my own) everything looks like a flat silhouette. You got some depth here. Good job.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Thanks Froggie! This is a painting that one should not underestimate! Many have done it already and there are some real beauties to be found!

Voy what kind of yellow did you use to prepare the canvas? I have acrylic cadmium yellow medium but I think it'll be too bright... Should I lighten it with white gesso? Should it be bright yellow or just have a yellowish tint? 🤔

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Umagaan,
The yellow you will us is okay, just mix it 50-50 with white gesso, as you mentioned. You will get a mucht softer value of yellow and yes, it will come more close to a yellowish tint.
Mix it on the palet first, so that you can see what colour it will be like, and add yellow or white to your taste!


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