I decided to try to paint the mountain hemlock again... in gouache instead of watercolor. One of my goals for the new year is to work on some other media. It took me most of Monday to find everything and get set up to paint. My first start was on a light gray piece of mat board... after a few hours it got to looking pretty bad so I quit. That night I looked on line and found some really good gouache painting on Maggie Latham's blog, Everything Gouache , and her challenge on Wet Canvas..... Painting Trees in the Landscape ....... a bit of serendipity.
I had joined Wet Canvas when I was still on dial-up and it would have taken most of a day to do anything, but now with my 2G, its doable....most of the time. There is lots and lots there... I've spent a whole bunch of time already reading past challenges and following links to more gouache paintings. I need to figure out how to post scans and photos, but I have joined in. I started in with Maggie's instructions this afternoon to do small monochromatic studies of trees..... out the studio window of the trees I've painted so many times.... very overcast all day and light snow.
Back to the mountain hemlock painting. Yesterday, I started over on a piece of mat board that I painted with black gesso.
Gouache on matboard with black gesso 5 1/2 x 61/2
I worked on it some more today and am liking it a whole lot better than the watercolor. In fact except for a couple of things, I'm pretty happy with it and jazzed about getting in the studio tomorrow to use the gouache again.