Gouache Painting Practice

Apple Still life in gouache on Stonehenge Kraft colored paper, 10 x 12 inches
Apple Still life in gouache on Stonehenge Kraft colored paper, 10 x 12 inches

Gouache is a water-based paint similar to watercolor in some ways, but opaque and more like oil paint in other ways. Like any art form, it takes practice to build knowledge and experience and eventually be able to just paint. I was pretty happy with the painting above, done from life.

The paintings below were earlier experiments.

My New Kitchen, gouache on Arches watercolor paper, 12 x 9 inches
My New Kitchen, gouache on Arches watercolor paper, 12 x 9 inches

I made an attempt to paint my tiny but comfy galley kitchen in response to James Gurney’s “Paint A Kitchen” challenge. My kitchen is so small I had to set up my easel in the pantry and look through a doorway. The colors are really weird, thanks to being completely unfamiliar with gouache.

Onions, garlic and shallot. Gouache sketch in Strathmore Mixed Media journal, 8.5 x 8.5 inches
Onions, garlic and shallot. Gouache in Strathmore Mixed Media journal, 8.5 x 8.5 inches

I thought the onions and shallots were pretty and wanted to try painting them but had lots of problems with getting chalky colors and trying to paint too many layers until the paint got too thick and yucky.

Fruity Still life, Gouache in Strathmore Mixed Media Journal, 8.5 x 11 inches
Fruity Still life, Gouache in Strathmore Mixed Media Journal, 8.5 x 11 inches

More gouache practice, trying to get the hang of the medium. It seems like the Strathmore Mixed Media Journal maybe isn’t the best paper for gouache if it’s going to be layered as it is a little too thin and smooth.

Apples from Donna’s Trees

Apples from Donna’s trees, (sketching apples on Apple (iPad) with Apple (pencil) in Procreate.
Apples from Donna’s trees, in Procreate on iPad

These apples came from my amazing friend Donna who is a hospice nurse, fosters dogs (and cares for a pack of her own), raises chickens, rescues feral kitties, and has turned her urban property into a virtual farm, with a huge garden, fruit trees and a giant chicken pen she built herself that I call chicken world. She’s funny and smart and beautiful. And on top of all that she is an amazing carpenter, tiler, sheet rock hanger, landscaper, gardener, and does almost all of her own remodeling and home maintenance.

I can’t do any of those things so I drew pictures of her apples.

More Apples from Donna’s trees in Procreate
More Apples from Donna’s trees in Procreate

Sketching Before Breakfast #6

Bananas in a Colander with Lemons and Journal, Procreate and iPad.

Bananas in a Colander with Lemons and Journal, Procreate and iPad.

Continuing the series of morning sketches, mostly done of random stuff on the breakfast table.

Pasture Eggs of different colors, Procreate on iPad

Pastured Eggs of different colors, Procreate on iPad

 

 

Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate

Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate

 

Color layer added to Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate

Color layer added to Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate

Sketching Before Breakfast #5

Paperwork for the impending kitchen remodel, coffee, a pen and kleenex, Procreate on the iPad pro.

Paperwork for the impending kitchen remodel, coffee, a pen and kleenex, Procreate on the iPad pro.

Now that I’ve come out the other side of the kitchen remodel I’m so grateful to be done and be able to enjoy it, to have the house to myself again, to not continually have noise and dust despite the careful screening, and to have completed making seeming hundreds of decisions and purchases big and small. Now I get to return to a “normal” routine of painting, drawing, hiking and spending time with my dog, friends and family.

Strawberries in plastic wrap and bananas. Procreate on iPad pro.

Strawberries in plastic wrap and bananas. Procreate on iPad pro.

Trash on the Table. Procreate on iPad pro.

Trash on the Table. Procreate on iPad pro.

Sketching Before Breakfast #4

Cantaloupe Slices, sketched in Procreate on the iPad and then eaten for breakfast.

Cantaloupe Slices, sketched in Procreate on the iPad and then eaten for breakfast.

I took a long break from posting to my blog and I have lots of good excuses. I created a bunch of draft posts of a series of iPad sketches I’d done at the breakfast table and then my kitchen remodel began. Four months later it’s finally finished! So here I am finally posting the drafts that I started months ago.

View from the kitchen table. iPad Pro and Procreate.

View from the kitchen table. iPad Pro and Procreate.

Sketching in sepia "ink" before breakfast or random stuff on the table. Procreate on iPad.

Sketching in sepia “ink” before breakfast or random stuff on the table. Procreate on iPad.

Sketching Before Breakfast #3 Mystery Pears and More

Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.

Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.

And we have more morning sketches. I was really trying to force myself to stick to 3 values for each object. My glass-topped table is so great with its frosted glass square design elements and reflections.

Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table

Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table

Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn't want to lose momentum.

Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn’t want to lose momentum.

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