Ballet, Birds and Beautiful Failures

Blue Studebaker. Goauche on Paper

This week I branched out into some color explorations. I have been doing the pen and ink with watercolor drawings now for a couple of months and thought it was time to mess with a different medium. I have a bunch of gouache that I bought for an abandoned project a few years back. Goauche is great because it has the opacity of acrylics but spreads more like watercolor. True confession: I’m actually not a huge fan of watercolor. But for the quick, one-hour in the morning sketches it serves a purpose. Goauche is just a tiny step more involved but I have enjoyed the results. Let me know what you think.

Old Crow Medicine Show. Goauche on paper
Donnie. Goauche on paper.
Experiment. Goauche on Paper
This piece is slightly larger and took more than one session. I’m experimenting with color, blending, loose brush strokes… in other words, I wasn’t even going to post this one because it’s not “finished.” But I think it’s good for people to see that everything we paint isn’t done or ready for the public. But if you want an omelette…
Same Truck. Pen & Ink, Watercolor on paper
Ballet Class. Goache on paper.
This is my daughter Echo. She had class the other day and I took a bunch of photos (with her permission). Wow, the human form in motion is an awesome thing, isn’t it? There are a lot of things I will try differently next time but you see where I’m trying to go here. Fast and loose, lots of color.
The Dance Class. Degas copy- detail.
One of the joys of homeschooling my children is that I get to be their art teacher. Echo chose to copy this painting for her final in 7th Grade Art. So we sat down and copied a master for a couple of days. This is my version. I’ll let her post hers. The lesson for both of us: outside of just color, form and a beautiful subject matter, if you want to paint like the masters, copy the masters.
Walt Whitman. Pen & Ink on paper.
Leaves of Grass anyone?
In the studio, on the easel. Here’s what I’m working on today. I also have a commission on the big easel. Hope to finish that this week.

        
    
  

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