I spent most of the day with my figure group to work from a model. First a watercolor. 15×11″
Then I tried one in gouache. It was a struggle so I focused on her head. Couldn’t really get the paint to behave the way I wanted so I’ll need much more practice with it. 12×9″
Then I headed down to the river before dinner and tried to paint one as fast as I could. 12×18″
The river again. Morning. watercolor, 9×12″
Evening. Unfinished. I got distracted by the light on the distant trees and switched to gouache which bogged me down.
Down to the river again this evening. 9×12″
I didn’t go down to the river this morning because I wanted to drive out to the Brandywine River Museum today. Instead I headed to the college campus in the city because it’s close and wouldn’t delay my museum plans. I drew first and was happy with the drawing. I’m not so happy with the watercolor. Something to work on.
I couldn’t leave this alone. I worked on it at home last night trying to improve it.
Today I didn’t get out for a painting in the morning but drew a lot at home. It rained in the afternoon. After dinner it cleared up so I raced down to the river to race the setting sun. 9×12″
Two watercolors at the river today. One in the morning, one in the evening. Both 11×15″
The beginning of another staycation. A watercolor this morning and one this evening. Warming up for my week-long paint-a-thon. I’m still planning what I want to do this week.
Some little sketches out of my head on the patio this afternoon while the kids played.
Gouache is new for me and this was the first time I tried it with plein air painting. I just treated it like regular watercolors.
Today I propped up a mirror on my easel and tried gouache while my kids watched a movie. Gouache is an opaque watercolor.
You can see in these how I’m not terribly interested in an exact drawing.