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Autumn Images

dracula 25 Sep 2021

When painting Bob Ross stuff, I have been using REALLY low-grade student canvases for about a year now. Occasionally, especially with vertical compositions, the ghosting from the center stretcher bar is pretty bad and it takes a bit of extra work to hide the problem.



So beautiful! Trees and everything are so realistic!

Terrific as usual. I like how there's a lot of sky above the mountain. It gives the impression of distance.

Question: What is 'ghosting' from a stretcher bar?

flippergirlpaints Top Event Submitter

First, this is very nice! I have used really cheap canvases before, and can never blend anything well and it all looks flat and dull. Your painting looks great and I can not see any ghosting in the photo so you hid it well.

MHK Helpful Friendly User

You really have a lot of talent. I always admire your work

Pietro1963 Master of Monsters

Nice wide open mountain scape.Love those trees Drac!!

Please see my article "eliminate stretcher bar problem". The last batch I bought I purposefully avoided the type with a centre bar. I paid a lot for them and they weren't supposed to be cheap but they are. Out of shape and so rough they need a coat of gesso, very annoying. No wonder beginners struggle with all the different products on offer, it's a minefield. Anyway you've dealt with it well. I can't see any bar marks anywhere. Lovely painting as always.

Great painting Dracula. I use budget canvas too and every time I try to add tension through those wooden keys in the corners. When it does not work TLP article gives simple and effective solution.

Wow. So nice. I find your pieces show so much clarity.

lightsnow Community Helper

I really dislike those center bars. Luckily, I've been able to find cheap value canvases without such bars in the 18x24 size at my local art store. They're 5$ each and I gesso them myself, so it's really economical.

Great painting nonetheless. I can't even see the ghostly appearance you referred to!

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