A beautiful day for a paint-out! The group I'm in which paints on Fridays (the Plein Aires!) met at Eaton Canyon last week. This was my third time painting there. My first visit was when I had less plein air experience than I do now. The watercolor didn't go well. My second piece last spring was an improvement, pictured in my post in August 2012 "Eaton Canyon".
Eaton Canyon is a natural area and nature park that draws a lot of people. The wildflowers were barely starting to bloom, just some yellow daisies starting to flower. Since I thought I would see mostly greenery, I decided to try gouache again. It's an opaque watercolor and I'm still experimenting with it. I can put some light colors over darks with gouache which I can't do with transparent watercolor. It's making me think differently so it's been a challenge to try. Two fun pieces here, both 5x7".