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Hi Darrell, just wanted to see if others are frustrated on their first paintings. I did the clouds first, it’s ok. Then I tried the mountains. Yikes! Not good. I have very small hands and the 2″ brush just seems so clumsy. Can I do the paintings with the 1″ instead? The pallate knife just doesn’t seem to get enough paint on it with the beading. I feel like I need to get a whole bunch on to start the mountains. What am I doing wrong with that? I started at 9 a.m. and it is almost 1 p.m. I will wait a couple of days and try the trees and bushes. Are you ever in the South Florida area? Thanks for your response.


Hi Jeanette, it seems that painters always get frustrated. The reason is we’re forever students. Always trying to learn new techniques, new methods, develop new compositions, new ideas, new messages and so forth.

Whenever you’re learning, you get frustrated.

But use your passion to learn to paint to keep going.

Sure, use the 1″ brush. I tell you, that’s a big enough brush. It’s my main workhorse. I have about 2-7 brushes I call work horses.

With mountains I get a fair size bead of paint, not huge, but a good size. Now as you go down the side of the mountain, use little to no pressure and simply go in a straight line. It’s like the canvas is taking the paint it wants and giving you back what it doesn’t. Consider yourself a snow flake just piling up on that mountain. Seriously, remember to hold the knife between your thumb and forefinger on the metal ferrel. Do not put any finger on the blade itself. Go to the edge of the mountain and holding the knife parallel to the canvas in the angle of the mountain highlight the mountain using a narrow single line that breaks up as you go down the mountain. As you become successful with that stroke, then you can move your hand sideways as you go down the mountain to gain a sider coverage of snow. Re-watch the video. Put the mountain DVD in your video player, rewatch how I load the knife, hold it and go down a mountain. Watch it in slow motion if you have to.