Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Speed Gouache - Heat Wave I

A pretentious title I know, but we are living in a heatwave at present so I am just being opportunistic; as opportunistic as I was when I began to use up the blobs of gouache left on the palettes I have scattered around. I am pleased with this one. It made me happy and that is all I am asking for right now. I have some annual leave coming up soon and I hope to be doing lots more work. In the mood somehow.

"Heat Wave" 
Gouache on Watercolour Paper - 10" x 10" (Approx.)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sketch for Window Abstract - Speed Experiment

Another quick(ish)sketch. This is taken from a photograph of a shop window and I intend to paint it in oils on a much larger format at some stage, but I just wanted to work my way through it to see if I really liked what was going on in the photograph. I did. However, again like the previous post, I am working on a format that is just too small and the effects I want will only work in oil. One good thing is happening though with all these ultra-quick sketches and experiments is that I am seeing more opportunities than I did previously.

"Store Window" 
Gouache on Watercolour Paper - 6" x 6"

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Portrait Sketch - Speed Experiment

This is another quick 'sketch' done in about 30 minutes.  It's from a photograph, not life, and some of the proportions are way out but I'll give myself some leeway here as I was doing this so fast.  I was trying out some new brushes using a 'dry brush' technique in some places which works well for modelling the face.  Only doing this in gouache picks up the paint underneath so I wasn't always getting the effect I intended.  Acrylics for quick sketches like this might be my next purchase at the art materials store.

Quick Portrait Sketch
Gouache on Cartridge Paper