Monday, May 7, 2012

Gouache, Golly, Gee

I bought the download lesson's from Larry Seiler's webinar.  It is great to be able and sit back and listen to Larry's wisdom about painting.  The more I listen to the lessons and read the lesson notes, the more I realize how much I didn't retain from listening live.  Included in the package is a painting demo titled "Last Light Impressions."  I watched it last night and enjoyed it immensely.  I woke up thinking about painting.  Not only painting, but painting with a brush.

There are so many options at my fingertips.  I decided to do a small landscape using gouache.  I will save the oils for another day.  The gouache was still wet in my sta-wet palette from a week ago, which is nice to know.  Artist quality paint is not cheap, so finding ways to extend the time that the paint is usable is very beneficial.

Last week I primed some cold press watercolor paper with Art Spectrum Colourfix Rose Grey primer, thinking I could use pastel on it.  Maybe two coats wasn't enough, but I didn't like how the pastel went onto the surface.  In the past I have used a watercolor under painting on Colourfix, so I figured it could be used for a gouache painting.  It is nice starting a painting on a colored surface.

This is way out of my comfort zone.  I tried to keep it loose and just thought shapes.  I think the sky turned out okay, but I don't know about the rest of the painting.  Maybe because it is different from what I have done in the past.  Anyway, painting #32 is 5 x 7.

Thanks for looking.




  1. I love the whole painting. Are these poppies in the foreground? And what season is it - is it a late summer's day?

    1. Thanks, Ulla. The reference photo shows hay bales, so it would be summer. I left them out, because I wanted to simplify things. I added the flowers, so they can be poppies if you want them to be. The foreground needed some color, so I added the reds/ oranges.