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08-17-2020 04:30 PM
Steve Neul Painting is like anything else. The more you practice the better you get.
08-17-2020 12:14 AM
Richardson111508 Thanks to both of you! I truly do appreciate the feedback - I just hope I can continue to grow and get better. Before the pandemic, I probably wouldn’t have ever given it a try. Boredom got the best of me, so I was trying to think of new hobbies that would be enjoyable while staying home. I’ve really had fun with it so far!
08-16-2020 12:39 PM
Arduy Sorry, but I wasn't permitted to reply to you privately due to the forum's policies. So I'll reply to you here. I found your pictures! and, about your pictures posted here > I don't live in those kind of places depicted (very very beautiful places), so that reflects on my kind of landscapes. Another thing I don't like are paintings that look like photographs. Your paintings are very stylized and not photographic and: the mountains look like mountains, the trees look like trees, the water is great, and it is an original style of yours. I'd make the mountains slightly more detailed if they are not far away, and I'd be more bold with colors, color contrasts, using colors that shouldn't be on a particular painting, but could be the color of a reflection from something, colors that could be inspired by what the sky dictates, as in a dawn or sunset time, or if the colors are a bit toned down, but reflecting light, if there is or was a storm, or raining. or if the rain stopped, and the sun just popped up. I'm not out for perfectly detailing what I see. I try to define things with color. Your detailing things is better than mine.
08-16-2020 01:17 AM
CokeR Quick advice is

1. you need more lost edges, blend the shaps together, indicate rather than stating everything
2. for landscapesn it is often divided into foreground, midground and background, seems you missed out the foreground and the background is not pushed back
08-15-2020 10:53 PM
Richardson111508 Well, I think it looks great. How long have you been painting now?
08-15-2020 07:44 PM
Steve Neul
Originally Posted by Richardson111508 View Post
That looks great! Nice work!
Thankyou, Wife wanted a picture over the sofa so I bought a 24x36 canvas. Since we had just got back from Yosemite I was inspired to try.
08-15-2020 07:21 PM
Richardson111508 That looks great! Nice work!
08-15-2020 06:48 PM
Steve Neul Actually I've never tried the knife trick myself. When I paint I'm more drawn to portrait painting so I haven't had need for that technique. This is the only landscape I've painted. It's Yosemite and I did all of it with a brush. I did use what Bob Ross showed on the trees dabbing the paint on with the end of a brush.
08-15-2020 06:30 PM
Richardson111508 Yes, Bill Alexander is very, very similar to Bob Ross. If you aren’t familiar with him, he was Bob Ross’ teacher! I have seen that knife drag technique and have tried it but had a really hard time getting the same look. I thought I may need to thicken my paints with talc to get that “frosted” detail look but that didn’t work for me either. You should definitely watch Bill Alexander on YouTube - he is very entertaining!
08-15-2020 06:15 PM
Steve Neul I'm new to painting myself so don't consider me an expert. I've also never seen a video from Bill Alexander. To me the mountains look like they need more detail like this picture. I have seen Bob Ross paint mountains and he would drag a knife over the mountain with a knife with white to give it a detail of rocks and snow.
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