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Secluded Forest

ShadowscarsDragon 07 Jul 2021

I made this on a big 18x24 canvas, and, I dunno. I feel disappointed in myself for some reason. Uploaded to advance some achievements, so there’s that.

One thing; my Bob Ross 2 inch brush just sucks for making grass. I can’t make it work well. I should have used the cheap natural bristle flat brush I have for the grass for better control.



Don't torture yourself. When it dries you can add the grass on top with your favorite tool. May be couple of the grass blades up close with liner brush.
But in fact I think this grass does not look bad at all. Nice and soft grass! The texture of the bark on the trees is very nice!
I would suggest to define your shadow and light side on the trees. Since they are pines, most of the bark on them orange-red-brown. If (after the painting is dry) you add a glaze of Indian yellow+Alizarin= orangered on one side and gently rub it with a finger to stain the white from one side. On the other side you may add a glaze of Alizarin crimson+Phtalo green = deep purple and gently rub in and dissolve the border between the sides. You will gain volume and light direction. This will help the trees to stand out not only on the value, but also on the color contrast.
The texture of the bark is perfect that is why i am suggesting glaze after painting dries. It is not difficult and all those colors I mentioned are transparent colors that preserve the texture underneath.

Sunnylady, thank you so much for your comment. I am very tempted to try your glazing idea for later. I realise now my shadow color wasn’t blue enough, and ended up being too bright.

Thanks again, you made my day

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