Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache

For a bit of fun I decided that I would have a go at painting a bunch of beetroots in gouache – in an illustrative, quirky style. I drew the beets right onto the stretched watercolor paper freehand without too much detail. Then I painted in the beetroots using purple reds. GOUACHE WINS – over watercolour in that you can add light hues over darks. This is … Continue reading Painting Beetroots as a still life in gouache

Getting to Grips with Gouache – clematis & nastursium painting day

It was lovely to spend a day working once more with Barbara and Sandra. The girls decided they fancied trying out gouache as they had not really done much with it before. Our subjects were a rich deep purple clematis and a riveting yellow nastursium both climbing on a trellis or picket fence. To start we painted the skies by wetting the whole area first … Continue reading Getting to Grips with Gouache – clematis & nastursium painting day

Summer Meadow Art Demo in Gouache

Are you feeling the summer heat yet? Here in Wales we have had some real summer weather and so here is a simple meadow scene with some  cow parsley (AKA Queen Anne’s Lace) waving in the foreground. COPYRIGHT and TIPS! Please feel free to follow this demo but as always please note that you cannot them sell the result – to do that would breach … Continue reading Summer Meadow Art Demo in Gouache

Goosey Goosey Gander – my latest animal obsession

The shape and attitude of geese appeals to me. They seem very feisty and make good guard dogs and I love their plump and curvaceous lines plus the pure white feathers. They smack of the magical and the fairytale which is right up my street. My first original goose gouache. 7×10 inches on hot pressed high white paper 140lbs by Saunders Waterford – unstretched So … Continue reading Goosey Goosey Gander – my latest animal obsession

Gouache Pheasant Head Study

I’m using gouache to do a head study of a pheasant as I have been commissioned to paint a very big one (A3) in watercolour. I took about 45 mins to paint this one (the drawing took 20 mins) and it has helped me to really identify and isolate colours so that I am ready to tackle it in watercolour. I wet the whole pheasant … Continue reading Gouache Pheasant Head Study