Thursday, February 28, 2013

February in Eaton Canyon

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".







    


16 comments:

  1. I love these. You are inspiring me to play some more with gouache. Great job!

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    1. Hi Janell, Thank you! Gouache is a challenge for me.

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  2. A wonderful interpretation of this landscape, gorgeous paintings . I never remember to use gouache together with the watercolor, but I should ...because the effect is beautiful !

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    1. Hi Jane, thank you for such a nice comment! I'm using the gouache completely by itself, not with transparent watercolor. But combining might be a good thing!

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  3. Nice both pieces Sherry. Your experimenting with gouache is giving you great results. I don't have any other than white which I use for dots and dashes on my watercolour and in fact I have not seen too many paintings in gouache but what I see from you I really like

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! You're right, not too many gouache paintings around...not sure why.

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  4. I shouldn't be envious of anyone's talent, and yet, I am. But in a good and most appreciative way.

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    1. What a wonderful comment! Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Oh my, Sherry, these are wonderful. It's been fun to see all of your plein air paintings, but even better to see the continually better works that you're producing. I'm very impressed with the branchwork. I really like the gouache! Do you think painting with oil painters has influenced your technique in watercolor?

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    1. Thanks Terry! The gouache certainly has a different look than the transparent watercolor and is a challenge for me. I think maybe some oil painters I admire on Facebook have been a big influence, like Marc Hanson.

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  6. Oh these are fab. Love the richness and variety of the colours and tones. Beautiful intensity to the dappled light too.

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    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for such nice comments!

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  7. I love your work, Sherry! It looks like you are handling the gauche really well. I have been too intimidated to try it...

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    1. Thank you so much! I've been trying the gouache but must say I'm still feeling intimidated too.

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  8. Beautiful paintings and you have a great handle with gouache paint. Feels very loose and painterly. Very adventurous plein air area with the thought of rattlesnakes around, I would have been worried!

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    1. Hi Celia! Thank you for visiting and your nice comments. I love plein air painting but you're right about this wilderness area.

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