I've been working with gouache (opaque watercolor) for almost a year and am still learning of course. For the plein air paint-outs I go on, sometimes I feel gouache will work better for what I have in mind than transparent watercolor. On many plein air outings in the past few months I've painted a gouache piece in addition to my watercolor. While my transparent watercolor washes are drying I can work on a smaller gouache. Or, sometimes the time I have to spend is short so I just try a gouache. The paint dries faster than watercolor and I paint at a smaller size, 5x7", so far.
I have two recent gouache pieces to share. The first I painted last Saturday with the group on Avenue 64 in Highland Park, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Our location was the Church of the Angels, 1889, but the hillside across the street from the church caught my eye. I thought the houses and trees might be fun to try in gouache as I wasn't feeling up to the church's architecture. I found an old photo of the church online which shows the hillside I painted before it was covered with homes.
Another recent paint-out was at the Pasadena Playhouse, 1925, built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Finding some shade the day we were there was a challenge so I decided to use gouache to paint my view of the courtyard arches and hibiscus from some shaded steps. I'll be back at both of these locations to paint other views!
|5 x 7"|
|5 x 7"|