I haven't been consistent in posting new paintings lately, so I thought I'd post a bunch of these new watercolor/gouache paintings all at once. Additionally, I will take this opportunity to say that I have made prints for every one of these paintings and they are available for purchase now. More information below.
All these prints are just under 8x10" and $10 apiece (plus $5 shipping on one or more prints) --- prints are shipped unmatted.
To order prints or originals (all of these are available as of this writing), just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page on this website, and let me know which ones you're interested in and the quantity (at which point I can send you a payment request via paypal).
Another painting process video. Three Cabins, 5x7", watercolor, $50.
Another watercolor and gouache composition.
I took the reference photo many years ago---three plastic army men set up on the window sill in my shop. The photo was dramatic and beautiful, the background transformed into out-of-focus blur of shape and color. I just had to paint this in my new media, gouache. Don't forget to check out the video of the painting process down below!
I'm nearly ready to call myself a two medium artist at this point. I've been playing around with water media lately (pen and ink/ink wash/watercolor/gouache/watercolor pencils . . . yes, the wide gamut of water media). I still don't think of myself as an expert, but I must admit a great fondness for it when it works---and it doesn't always work, mind you.
I started playing with watercolor first and found it a bit difficult and didn't like the restriction of using only the white of the paper as white . . . in other words, I prefer to work more sloppily and fix my mistakes later on. So I added a white gouache to my watercolor palette---this improved my enjoyment (and success) tremendously. But moving from watercolor to a full gouache compliment was the moment, for me, of true bliss. I love it. It gives you the watery feel of watercolor but adds the ability to correct mistakes and add opaque details later on rather than having to preserve details throughout the painting process. Not to mention the ability to add dramatic darks and vivid colors quickly without layers and layers of glazes.
So, I will be doing more of these gouache paintings going forward. I may even get around to putting mat board around them and selling them one of these days. We'll see. Thanks for checking in, and if you want to see more of my painting process, check out my Instagram feed!