Bob Ross' Basic Landscape Painting

Bob Ross' Basic Landscape Painting

by Bob Ross
as seen on Best of the Joy of Painting

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Bob Ross Basic Landscape:


Bob Ross Landscape Paints:
Phthalo Blue
Mountain Mixture
Titanium White
Van Dyke Brown
Cadmium Yellow
Liquid White

Bob Ross Landscape Brushes:
One-inch Landscape Brush
#5 Painting Knife
#3 Fan Brush

Other Supplies:
Bob Ross 12x16-inch canvas

Canvas Preparation
Start by covering the entire canvas with a thin, even coat of Liquid White using the 2" brush. With long, horizontal and vertical strokes, work back and forth to ensure an even distribution of paint on the canvas. Do NOT allow the Liquid White to dry before you begin.

1. Sky and Water: Load the 1” brush with Phthalo Blue and paint the sky with criss-cross strokes - add the water with horizontal strokes.

2. Mountain: With a small roll of Mountain Mixture on the knife, shape just the top edge of the mountain. Remove the excess paint. 3. Use the 1” brush to ‘pull’ the paint down to the base of the mountain, completing the entire mountain shape.

4. With a small roll of Titanium White on the long edge of the knife, highlight the right sides of the mountain peaks.

5. Add the shadowed sides of the peaks with a mixture of Titanium White blended with a small amount of Blue.

6. Background: Tap the base of the mountain with the 1” brush to create mist. Add the foothills with Mountain Mixture and the1” brush.

7. Use a small roll of Liquid White on the long edge of the knife to cut in water lines and ripples.

8. Foreground: Use the fan brush and Mountain Mixture to add the large evergreen - add the bushes at the base of the tree with the 1” brush.

9. Highlight the evergreen with the fan brush and the bushes with the 1’ brush and Yellow. Use Brown on the knife to add the bank.

10. Use the knife to highlight the bank with Titanium White, cut in water lines and ripples with Liquid White.

11. Underpaint the foreground trees with the 1” brush and Mountain Mixture.

12. Highlight the foreground trees with the 1” brush and Cadmium Yellow.

Finishing Touches
Use a very thinned paint on the liner brush to sign your new masterpiece!