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Blue Winter

LCLeonard 22 Jan 2021
Blue Winter

This is my second time doing this and truthfully, it was more challenging than my first. I thought I put enough liquid white on, and the corners and sides seemed fine, but the middle was lacking substantially. Nothing blended well there. I also really struggled with the snow and trees. I don’t know how Bob can keep his layers so separate. When I do trees, I keep picking up the background color and it ends up blending them in. I added some snow highlights and trunks just to make them stand out, but I went as dark as I could on them and they still blended together. It was frustrating. But, as a positive, clouds looked good!

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Couple of things: 1. May be dark color is quite liquid. You can use paper towel trick like Kevin hill does. And see if highlights still mix in.
2. Highlights need gentle touch and a bit more liquified paint. You can add a 2 drops of linseed oil and 1 drop of thinner to your highlight color paint on the pallet.

For Kevin Hill check his channel on YouTube.

Wow, that looks like a game changer! You’re right, my background is usually too wet and thus it gets “muddy.” Don’t know how Bob avoids it, but I’ll follow Kevin’s technique. He has some beautiful work! I can only hope to be half as good someday

One more thing for highlight you can try use softer brushes. May be if you have smaller size synthetic give it a try. Synthetics like quite a lot a more liquid paint.

Thanks a lot sunnylady. I’m having a harder time with the fan brushes than I thought I would. I noticed Kevin Hill uses filbert brush for trees more. I may switch over to that for my trees and keep the fan brush to the grassy areas

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