Sunday, 18 February 2018

Black and White Seascape - Bob Ross in Acrylic 2-9- #30in30 - 19

I’m getting tired of big old mountains and friendly trees, so when the next show in the series was entitled “Brown Mountain”, I thought I’d give it a miss. As any long time follower knows, I’m an ocean lover and so I chose this ocean painting for my next paint along. I’m glad I did.

The first thing that struck me was the lovely mix of Titanium White with a whisper of both Indian Yellow and Van Dyck Brown. Even better was the lovely soft aqua created by adding Phthalo Blue to the mix. Then the datks were mixed with Phthalo Blue and Van Dyck Brown, which created a lovely dark and velvetyblack.

I did follow Bob most of the way, but at the end I didn’t like his streaky sky and painted in some billowing clouds. The painting is very striking, so much so that I decided to use the same colors and paint another seascape, which I will post tomorrow.

Bobs Tip
When using a flat palette knife to create mountains and water lines, scrpe most od the paint off, leaving a thicker edge. That way when you go over with a highlight or blending brush, you don’t end up with a sticky mess.

Bob Ross Series 2 Episode 9 Black and White Seascape

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Quiet Cove - Bob Ross in Acrylic 23-5 - #30in30 - 18

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Converted to Silvertone

My computer has started to throw me random Bob Ross videos because the watchers have discovered that I spend a lot of time watching them. Today in a bit of a departure I decided to paint one of his later episodes. This is marked Season 23 and he is using the same list of colors but has added a rich black. This painting has an unusual mix of mainly Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Black and Cadmium Yellow.

I thought it would be interesting to see how the tonal values sit in these compositions, so I converted the finished painting to black and white. Being the master he is, Bob does a great job of leading the eye into the composition with tonal value. Sometimes he looks as if he is going waaay too dark and streaky, but he always rescues it with generous helpings of Titanium White and Cadmium Yellow. As he says, it’s important not to loose the darks by covering too much of it because that is what creates depth.

Bob Ross Season 23 Episode 5 Quiet Cove

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Ebony Sea - Bob Ross in Acrylic 2-3 - #30in30 - 17

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I’m not a big fan of black grounds, so I groaned when Bob decided to do one. Nevertheless, I duly painted my Art Board black and waited a couple of days so it was good and dry. Bobs method called for coating the dry black base with transparent colors and then going back and “hypnotizing” with Titanium White. I quickly found this didn’t work with acrylics because you can’t keep them wet enough for this lengthy process.

I got frustrated and then started adding my own slant. I added much brighter colors, texture and sparkling stars and turned it into a truly unique painting. I just couldnt find a way to photograph it accurately, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

As I look at the images I’m thinking I may paint more detail and light on the moon.

If you paint in oil, I encourage you to watch the video below and give it a try. The technique looks very interesting.

Bob Ross Series 2 Episode 3 - Ebony Sea

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Mine is at #9