A first experiment with gouache

I have never tried gouache before. This 5×7 of the Gallatin River in Montana is my first attempt. I could probably spend some more time to make it a little better, but I am not sure I have the patience today. Still lots to learn about this medium.  This was done with Holbein gouache–Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White–on Fabriano Tiziano blue paper.

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Sunset over Little Assawoman Bay

I’ve been drawing and painting small sketches for awhile, fitting things in when I can, but haven’t posted much recently. This one is from Fenwick Island–a small park on Little Assawoman Bay. This was done in my homemade sketchbook with 90lb Fabriano Artistico cold press paper. I might work this one up into something larger.

Sketches in My Homemade Sketchbook

A few weeks ago I made a 3.5 x 5.5 sketchbook of 90 lb Fabriano artistico cold pressed watercolor paper. I’ve been pretty busy since then, but have recently fit a few sketches in, trying out watercolor, pencil, fountain pen and ink (Quink, which washes out to a dark blue and orange) and Pentel color brushes in black and sepia. My goal for the next few months, at least, is to make and fill sketchbooks, to reinforce and improve skills in different media. No plans for big paintings for awhile. I have more paper on the way, both cold and hot press, and plan to make books of different sizes. Now that I have proven to myself I can make a decent book, I am going to stick to making my own with one exception–a mixed color toned paper Fabriano quadrato on the way. 

Rainy day drawing

Lazy day, a little drawing inside:


I am trying to finish off my pentalic 3×5 sketchbook (one page left to go) because I made myself a new book–3.5×5.5 with better paper–Fabriano artistico cold press. Pretty excited to start using it.