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Found Animal Bone and Daffodils in Gouache

“Animal Bone and Daffodils,” gouache on watercolor paper, 11 x 8.5 inches
“Animal Bone and Daffodils,” gouache on watercolor paper, 11 x 8.5 inches

“Animal Bone and Daffodils,” gouache on watercolor paper, 11 x 8.5 inches

My dog found this animal bone on the trail in Wildcat Canyon. I don’t know what critter it was from but I assume possibly a deer that a bobcat, mountain lion or coyotes left behind. It was well-gnawed and growing moss.

I’m enjoying learning how to paint with gouache. It’s a lot of fun but definitely has its challenges!

Photo of setup I was painting from
Photo of setup I was painting from
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Art Flower Art

First Calla Lily

First Calla, oil on panel, 10x8"
First Calla, oil on panel, 10×8″

Continuing on with my big May catch-up on posting work from the past few months. It was a gloomy winter day but one of the volunteer calla lilies was blooming and I had to paint it. This was a one-session alla prima oil painting.

Photo of still life set up
Photo of still life set up

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Art Flower Art Oil Painting

Irises on White Cloth

Irises on a White Cloth, oil on panel, 14x11" Available here.
Irises on a White Cloth, oil on panel, 14×11″ Available here.

I painted these from life, but first did a value sketch in Procreate to help me stay within the range of values I chose for the painting. That’s a concept I’ve been pondering: that you can design whatever value range you want for a painting, from mostly light to mostly dark, and then mix the paint colors accordingly. I printed out the Procreate value sketch and put it on my easel for reference as you can see in the work in progress photos below.