Not Happy With Your Painting? Let’s fix it! Oil

Not Happy With Your Painting? Let’s fix it! Oil

Painting With Yovette, Not Happy with your Painting? Good morning everybody, welcome back to
painting with Yovette. I’m so happy you could join me again today, and today’s
lesson, remember I told you I didn’t, I was not pleased with my last painting at all?
Well today’s lesson is going to be how to repair a painting if you do not like
it, and I really didn’t like that last one so anyway, and look who I have here
with me today? Carson! He said he’s got his own idea what to do with the
painting. She says when you have a really bad idea or painting, put it in the
fireplace! Well that’s his wise bit of wisdom for the day. So anyway well let’s
get started with this painting and I want to give you a warning!
some of these images might be disturbing! So be prepared. Okay let’s get started. Oh
and one more thing before I forget, be sure that your painting is totally dry
before you start working on it, because I did that one time and it didn’t work out
so well because some of the paint underneath was still a little bit wet, so
make sure it dries a good couple of weeks anyway so that to the touch you
don’t feel any wetness at all. So okay, before I get going too far I
just wanted to show you what I did with this lesson. Now this one was two months
ago. It’s called the Deep Forest Falls. I decided that there were things I didn’t
like on this one too, so I went ahead and corrected those. The first thing I did
was I darkened this light-colored tree. I made sort of like little shadows on it,
and then I went to the gray, and I did the same thing, I just added some shadow
to it. And then on the black tree I added some highlight to it so it was just a
little bit lighter. So that’s what I did on the background there.
And I really like that. And I think I had forgotten my little birdie so I added
the birds, and then as we come down the painting I also I added blue to the
water because that needed that, it was white but it needed blue.
I added some blue down here, and though, I added a little waterfall here, and here,
and then this one I already had. And I also kind of shaded some of these rocks
here so that all the rocks were not all the same color. And I roughened up the
bank here by adding rocks into the water so I thought that was a nice added touch.
I also highlighted some of the grass right along here, and I also added more
of the reds because I really thought the reds brought it to life. So I added as
you can see just a a slight slight bit of reds here, and I even need added a
slight bit of red into the grass, very very slight, but anyway I just thought
that added so much to the painting, made it so much prettier. I really like it now.
So anyway, I wanted to share that one thing with you. okay this is the painting
that I am going to be working on today and I’m going to show you a few tips and
tricks here about if you’re not happy with something how you can redo it. And
so let me set this aside for a second. This is the one that I did in acrylic
and I thought oh my gosh, that didn’t really turn out so bad. It took me about
10 minutes to scribble that on and it was fun, and I just wanted to try it for
the fun of it just to see, you know kind of get in tune with what I was going to
paint. So anyway, so enough of that one. So what I want to do, I’m gonna start out, I
want you to all just grab a putty knife, you know just a plain old putty knife,
and this is from my husband, out of his little tool chest here. Anyway, what I’m
going to do, I was unhappy with these trees, and this background. There were
several things that I did not like about this painting. I want you to look at this
for a second and tell me what you see is wrong with it? Now maybe you don’t see
anything, but I do! I notice that here there’s pink in the sky but my pink did
not come through down here in the yellow. And so my, and my bushes did not come out
nearly as vibrant as I wanted them to. So anyway, that’s what we’re going to work
on, and with this putty knife, I’m going to just come down and scrape, and all I’m
doing is, I’m just knocking off any of the texture that is sitting up high. Now I have already done this on all of
this side, but I was just showing you what I did to here, and just knock it
down as much as you want. As you can see, it really doesn’t disturb the color at
all. Okay and you can feel, oh it’s so much smoother.
So now, just wipe that off, and now before I continue I want to show you something
else. This is a canvas board that I’ve been working on, and if you worked on a
regular canvas, you know just a canvas not a panel, but just a regular stretched
canvas, this is what I want you to do. You have your canvas here. this is a really
old one so that doesn’t make any difference. I want you to get a couple of
books, and I want you to place them down underneath here, and I want you to make
sure that that is smooth across here. The reason for that being, I’m going to flip
this over now, the reason for that being is, you cannot scrape a canvas if you
don’t have something solid underneath it. So make sure that if you’re using a
stretched canvas, that you put something to counteract that that wood frame, and
so you can go ahead and scrape and you won’t make dents in your canvas. Isn’t that
a cool trick? I’ve used that quite a few times. Okay my supplies are rather simple
on this part. I’m just going to use my one inch brush, a filbert brush, knife,
and a liner brush. And for my colors I have white, black, dark Sienna, sap green, phthalo, or Prussian blue, yellow ocher, cadmium yellow and red, and that’s
that’s all the supplies, so that’s pretty simple. So, and I oh, and I also have my
little medium here which I always like a lot of medium. So anyway this is kind of
more like almost like a glazing process. So the way I’m going to start, I want to
start with the water because I don’t want anything to contaminate down here.
So I dipped into my medium, my oil medium I’m spreading it around, and I want to go
into just a little bit of red, just a little bit, and what I want to do is just
sort of glaze over that water. So you notice here it’s yellow, pink, and then it
should be pink here, and then yellow. So what I’m going to do is just lightly
lightly lightly go across, and just sort of adding that pinkish color. Maybe just
a slight bit more. You don’t want to get this too dark, so use it very sparingly.
Just kind of sneak up on it just a little by little because you definitely
don’t want to have to take this off again. See how that pink is starting to show
through now? And that just really adds quite a bit to it. And you could actually stop right after
this. I don’t know, maybe in your painting you didn’t have this problem with
showing the red but on mine it kind of disappeared, it got lost. So anyway I
like that. That that brings it more out, I really like that! Okay that’s all we’re
going to do to the water. You can make that as bright or as dark as you want,
but I’m going to call that good. And now I’m just wiping the paint out of my
brush. Okay next I’m going to go into again a little medium, because this time
I want to go into a little, matter of fact let’s take the knife, go into a
little black, brown, green, blue and just go right into this pile here. Now again
this is kind of being, it’s going to be like a glazing, and even use this red
here because that red will dull it. A little more brown, that should be good.
I’m just looking right now for just a dark color. And I’m going to go into that dark color,
and what I want to do is add some dark back into the areas that I’m going to go
over, because we need the dark in order to show light. If you don’t have dark, the
light will not come through. So I’m just dabbing here and there, I just want a
dark, and not maybe, not every place, but quite a few places. And, and I want to
redo those tree trunks because they sort of got lost too. And just keep darkening
this background color. This is gonna look pretty funny at
first but that’s okay, that is just fine! Okay maybe we want to darken a little
bit of this here, we’re going to darken some over here, maybe in through here, and we’re going to go over to the other
side. Wasn’t that a nifty little trick with
that knife, just taking off the surface? What happens otherwise if you don’t, it’s
really hard for the paint to stick kind of smoothly, if it’s too rough it
doesn’t stick right so. But, do be careful please that you do not put a hole into
your canvas! that would be an absolute catastrophe! Okay we’re coming
right along here. You can go right over those tree trunks. You, maybe your
picture turned out absolutely beautiful and you just may not have to do anything
at all to it, but maybe this picture turned out, but maybe you have another
one that you’ed kind of like to redo, so you can always use this technique on other
paintings. I’m gonna just sort of blend this in
here, kind of make it a little rough, there. Okay, now I think that’s good and
that’s all I want to do to it for as far as that background part goes. I don’t
think I’m going to use a filbert brush anymore.
So I’m going to go ahead and clean it, and always I give it a good wipe first
and try and get as much of that paint out as I can before I put it in the
thinner. It’ll keep your thinner very clean a lot longer. Okay good. I’m setting that brush aside and we’ll
go to a new one. This time I’m going to start using my one inch brush and oh, you
know what? I forgot the white medium. Hold on to a second, I’ll be right back…
Now be absolutely sure to mix up that liquid white before you use it because
otherwise all that oil goes to the top, and if you just keep using it without
mixing, it it’ll ruin your liquid white, so always mix it up really well. and I’m
just going to put, let me grab, let me take this off, I don’t need this green
anymore. We’ll just put that off here. Okay I’m going to take some of that
liquid white and just put it right on my palate, probably more than that, hard to say how
much you use in this. Well we can always get some more if we need it. Okay I’m
going to set this aside and I am going to cover it because accidents do happen! Lay that aside. Okay here we go!
Now let’s see, I’m going to put in some tree trunks first, so I’m going to get a
little white, and a little brown, and right over the top. Remember how we did
that? Okay and a little roll, I’m going to start and just put in some trucks here. You can put your tree trunks wherever
you want them. Now let’s go to the other side, and let’s
put them, how about here. I’m just covering up any of the other
stuff that I did before. Make friends with this knife because
this knife will do just amazing things! Maybe just a little short one
here. There okay I think that’s probably good. We’ll add some other stuff as we go
along. So anyway, okay we’ve got the dark green in the trees, now we’re going to do
the highlights, so I’m going to dip into my my liquid white, and just get it in
here, I just want to get this on the tips of the brushes I’m going to start out
with my yellows, right here a little more yellow, and I think I’ll even add a touch of
green, not very much just a touch. Okay now, remember this? I put, I have,
I showed you before, this little rim here? Okay.
This rim, I want it up while we’re loading the brush, so that you’re pulling
down, just pull down, and then turn the rim down, and let’s start on this side
like we did before. I’m going to just touch and touch touch touch, little more paint, there can you see that, how it just kind
of I just kind of, kind of makes little bushes? let’s go ahead and go right over
here, em, down touch touch touch. See, now these are coming out more like I
would like. Okay let’s go into more rim up, load, when you feel it dragging too hard then
you want to add more liquid white to it. Okay,
rim down, dear oh dear, forgot my microphone again. I don’t know what it is
about this. I have, I have such a hard time, let me set this down for a second, I
have such a hard time remembering this microphone, and if I don’t use it, boy it’s
bad news. So anyway, okay, here we go. Alright rim down, I’m going to go up here, leave dark spaces, see how I left some
dark spaces here? Make sure you leave some spaces. Go into, rim up, and a little
more into, let’s go touch of white, maybe I red this time, and this is just
changing the color ever so slightly, let’s go right about here, and let’s go more red, You see when I’m touching, hope my hand is not in the way, I touch and I just give it a little push push push, and I’m kind
of like going 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1, 10 o’clock, 9 o’clock, so you
kind of make this little, kind of like a little clusters. Yeah that’s pretty! Okay, now I just want to tap out my brush, because I want to go back into my yellow
color, and I have a lot of colors in here right now so, we’re just going to tap
that out, doesn’t have to be a hundred percent, but you need to get most of
it out without cleaning the brush though. Okay, set this, actually I’m going to
throw that away. Okay, rim up, go into a little bit of
white, let’s go back into the yellow, okay, and again let’s start over on this
side because, see the yellow here? That would probably be the brightest yellow
right there. Yes that’s nice. Go into the yellow, add a
little bit of gold, let’s go over here to this one, and let’s go into slight bit of um,
slight bit of the medium, back into yellow, maybe. Whoo nice! Oh I like that! That’s how they should be turning out.
This is how it should have turned out the first time. Oh isn’t that pretty?
Okay a little bit of medium, back into so so yellow, and red, and how about before I
get too carried away, I’m going to go over to this one. Okay maybe more yellow this time, over
here, oh, that didn’t turn out right, let’s tap it out, a little more medium, I
want this more yellow, maybe a touch of gold, okay let’s go here, yeah that’s better. Can you see how I’m doing this? Okay, and let’s just go into some plain
yellow, um, first medium, and then some ochre, and a little white in that ochre
because boy that’s dark. Yeah that’s good. Well that’s too much,
tap out, there okay. Let’s go into this one. Okay good! Let’s go back here. I try to keep my hand back far enough so
that you can actually see what I’m doing, and maybe it’s not working I don’t know.
Let’s go into a little green this time, yeah I like that. Okay that’s good, let’s call that good. I
don’t want to do any more because I have nice, really nice bright colors right now.
And so next thing I want to do is maybe go into a, make a few little branches and
stuff, so I’m going into my thinner, and this time is just plain thinner, and
right here where we made this brown and white, let’s just use that color, because
that’s a lighter color, sort of blends in with these colors here. And you put that in and twist twist
twist twist. Now you can decide where your tree branches are. So let’s
do this one here, if I hold my brush back further, maybe you can see this better, and let’s see, we might have one over
this away, and we might have a second one right
here, and maybe just a few little branches and
twigs here and there. See how I twist? That just brings the
brush into a nice point, and over on this side let’s see, we might
have a branch coming off here, and another branch right down here. So can you see how easy it is to make
these little repairs? Not only that it’s fun! You can redo any painting that
you’ve started that you’re not happy with. I just uh,
oh let’s see that’s kind of globby there, let’s take that off. I wish you could talk to me on this one
and then you could tell me if there’s something else you’d like to see on this.
It’s easy enough to do, it’s just a matter of getting in there and doing it!
Let’s see, I guess that’s it! Oh yeah, one thing I, one thing I noticed
after I was through with this painting, I had all this nice land over here, but
here I’ve got reflection and water but no land, so I thought it might be kind of
nice to add just a little bit of land. Let’s do this, and this, and a roll of
paint, and we’ll just continue this land right here. So it’s kind of like an extra
piece of land, and then it’s like water running in between. But that’s something
I didn’t notice when I was doing this painting originally. There, okay. And also if you wanted to, sometimes when you add a little bit of blue, let’s get some white here, and blue, I want this
very very pale, yeah maybe a little darker than that, yeah kind of like this. Steady your hand, well sets just still go a
little bit darker, steady your hand, and then just kind of
go underneath the water a little bit. It just adds that little bit of extra color
that’s kind of nice. It kind of ties everything in. Mmm-hmm, just like so. There, okay. Well I think that’s it! You
know, I never did sign it either, I should probably do that. So, how about with a
light blue, and some of this, blue and this, whatever color this is going to
turn out to be, I don’t know, we’ll see. But you need it really thin for a
signature, really thin. Okay let’s just try it over here in the corner.
Y o v e t t e simple enough, and once I sign it, that’s done, you can’t do any
more to it. Well I hope you enjoyed this, it was fun! Well that completes this
lesson. Do you think you would be able to repair a painting on your own now? I’m
sure you all must have one or two paintings that need a little bit of
touch-up, and I do this all the time. I have almost every painting I will touch
up after I’m through with it, so anyway, Well I’m glad you could join me today.
Thank you so much, and please subscribe if you like this video and you found it
helpful, and please share with your friends also. So anyway, have a great day,
thank you bye bye.


  • Jackie and Robert Hookey says:

    I'll be tuning in. I don't have any housecleaning or errands to do tomorrow. I am going to sit back and watch Yovette with a cup of hot chocolate while the snow is falling outside.

  • Jana Wallace says:

    I'm here waiting patiently

  • jenny narvaez says:

    Hello there Yovette!

  • chrissycanvasart says:

    awww missed you I'm hear now 👍✌️💕🎨

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    Omg I missed the stream I’m sorry but as always I love you’re work thank you 🙏🏻😀👍

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    I love it but as painters we are plagued with perfection like Bob Ross said he hopes we are always striving to do better 😀👍❤️

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    I don’t know why but I never liked to paint in acrylic oils have always been my favorite

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    OMG how many times I have done this lol 😂

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    Yes I also have cut through my canvas for not having any thing behind the canvas now that is frustrating and I patch it and use it as a test canvas lol 😝

  • Antonio Melendez says:

    Do you know of a medium that is not shiny

  • Julie Ismert says:

    definitely like this second version since it has much more color and the trees look more realistic. Interesting this lesson came up now since I had a painting I really didn't like that I painted about 6 months ago and just a few days ago I redid it and like it so much more now. Thanks for the lesson Yovette.

  • LisaGayle Easterwood says:

    This is one of the best videos ever! So nice to see the reality that we all make mistakes and ways to fix the imperfections! I love your tutorials Yovette! Thank you!

  • Dorothy Radley says:

    Hi Yovette, thank you for this tutorial. It has been very helpful. I am just starting out with the Bob Ross technique of oil painting and I struggle with using the 1" brush like you have shown. I guess it's just a matter of practice. I appreciate what you have shown here. No painting is a dead painting, lol. Thank you & hugs from England xxx

  • Arual Setnom says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. This painting is not one of my favorite ones but there is always something to learn from you.

  • MelissaBarker says:

    I missed the stream😭 I LOVE your videos and they are 1 of my favorites to watch. I would love to see one of an old barn if you ever have time or if it is something that you paint. I just started painting 9 mths ago and paint in acrylics but, I still learn so much from the oil painting videos.

  • Christine Wolanin says:

    Missed the live ugh! I always seem to go back to a few of my paintings just to see if any improvements need to be made. Lighting is one of them. Enjoyed the beginning!

  • DRAW2NIGHT says:

    Very professional job Yovette! Beautiful lights and reflections! Super cozy landscape painting!👍💖💖💖

  • salvat hijazi says:

    What if we don’t like the painting at all ?

  • Patricia Christian says:

    That’s great idea, I have few unhappy pictures so I am going to repointing them Thank you for your teaching and your tutorials God bless your talents,🤟🏻👵🏼🎨

  • Deb Dagg says:

    I never got reminded UGH!! 😠😫

  • Shuvam Rajbanshi Art says:

    so nice

  • nae nancy evans says:

    Hi Yovette! Why did you use liquid white medium instead of white paint with medium?

  • Tara Shaw says:

    Thank you for sharing Yovette, your tutorials are really appreciated! Would love it if you could do a poinsettia painting for the holidays 🙂

  • Sayanti Fine Arts says:

    Art is never finished only abandoned – quoted by Leonardo da Vinci and re-proved by you!!

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec says:

    Hmm. I wonder how much I could do in acrylic or gesso and then use transparent oil after?
    I miss working with acrylic just because it was less messy. But I couldn't get my Bob Ross on without his oil techniques

  • Trucker Daddy - AKA John in Québec says:

    7:40 BOB Ross said once his knives were slightly rounded and are better suited for canvass than hard boards?

  • TianaDIY says:

    so majestic, love it!!!

  • Allison Prior says:

    Your paintings are beautiful, very useful information. Thank you..

  • Julia McNeill Crafts says:

    Fabulous thank you for all the tips … wonderful encouragement to just keep going x

  • Patricia Christian says:

    I need to know how long Before I can repaint on old painting pictures (oil painting) ? Thank you for your excellent idea about recorrect to paint,! Patricia Ann Christain 🎨👵🏼🤟🏻

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