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Mountain Mirage Wood Shape

RCM 17 Oct 2021

I was browsing to see the least-painted of the Ross works, and this one popped up. I've done a lot of hobby-level woodworking so this seemed like a good challenge, especially angling and painting the edges as he suggested.

The painting itself went relatively smoothly, despite a few "happy accidents". I'm (mostly) getting the knack of bushes and my trees are coming along nicely. Also painting the edges black was easy as I did that first and masked it off with Frog Tape before applying the white gesso to the actual oil painting surface.

The actual wood cutting was the challenge- angling the outer edge is fine for convex shapes like circles and rectangles, but concave shapes (like the tree 'branches') were a nightmare, because the cuts interfere with each other. After much head-scratching I ended up cutting each tree branch segment separately and gluing them to the rest of the plywood.

The resulting plywood panel ended up really nice, but I wouldn't ever do that again. A better idea would be to paint on a thin wood/masonite surface, and glue that to a slightly bigger piece painted black.



Came out really nice! Bob would be proud of your learning experience! LOL! Good job overall!

Your story is very adventurous! Very nice panel and great painting! Nice mood created!

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