Holidays are over. The family has all gone home. Tomorrow is the last Caturday of the year. Mr Prince is not happy about his party hat.
There are just those days when you have something hanging over you.
Santa Cat came to visit today as I was trying to get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving. watercolor and gouache.
And time spent wondering why gouache turns so muddy when blending ‘primaries’. Could be a sure sign that my ‘starter’ kit was just that: a starter. I should probably toss the remainder and upgrade to a full set of the luscious paints by M Graham Wonder if Santa Cat might drop something beneath the tree? Hmmmmm
As I’m working on this cat series, I’ve been viewing cat photos from the local animal shelters, which is a dangerous pastime. There are so many beautiful cats out there, needing good homes. But I am resisting visiting them and adopting them Painting only!
It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series. Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor.
The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith. Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the pigments or the metallic dry powder. I will have to use the remaining 18 grams wisely – of find a new source.
Taking a break from my ongoing circus theme, just to ponder the last few days and what happened in this election. Days like this definitely make you think.
The cat is watercolor. I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes. Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat background is done with gouache.
Gouache and ink. This is a study looking at a couple of the different types and shapes of bees and bumblebees.
Summer in the South means that everything is green and thriving. I grew up on the desert, dodging tumbleweeds and squinting into the glare. The richness and color of a Southern summer just amazes me.
Bluebird fantasy landscape. This is what happens when you watch your bird feeders for too long.. The birds are no longer worried about me. They just watch right back.
In the spring, it seems that everything in Charleston, South Carolina is in bloom. The magnolia and jasmine make the air sultry sweet. Color is bursting our everywhere. This painting was inspired by a tiny patch of garden that was past its prime – there’s a tulip stem, but no flower. Yet it was a splash of color.
This was done a couple weeks ago and was one of my first experiments in using gouache on a toned drawing paper instead of white watercolor paper. The smoothness of the page is great for gouache. Since this was just after Mother’s Day (and I have a sweet family), a fanciful bouquet was the perfect painting inspiration.
Still stuck in the rain, but fluttering leaves of a summer lettuce. This is another gouache painting 8″ x 8″
For the second year in a row, we have bluebirds nesting in a house attached to the outside of our screened deck. They are great birds to watch, particularly the way their color changes in the sunlight.
Dandelions can be weeds or gorgeous, amazing flowers. Your viewpoint depends mostly on how your lawn. My lawn is so shady that even dandelions don’t stand a chance. I’ve grown over the years to have a deep affection for them.
Gouache painting: 8″ x 8″
Well, it’s not actually raining in the painting, but it has been raining here for 5 days straight, which is odd since I am neither in Seattle nor London. The good news is that I have gotten a lot of painting done while being stuck inside. This is the first of a series of 8″ x 8″ paintings in gouache.
Watercolor and gouache
A kingfisher for spring. Watercolor and gouache.
Life just gets busy. I have been working on a new series of paintings this past month. All of them are watercolor birds with gouache patterned backgrounds.
Gouache is not the easiest medium to take up. Trying to blend gouache tends to give chalky, stiff messes. But I am finding that I am enjoying creating bold patterened backgrounds, which are in contrast to the more realistic bid paintings. This bird is a bit of a fantasy. I started out with a flicker and then just went astray with hte colored feathers.
Butterflies in watercolor and gouache for #colour_collective
Butterfly studies in gouache and colored pencil
Snow buddies on a stroll