Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yellow Dog Falls...5"x 9" gouache...

5"x 9" gouache on black drawing paper (heavy)

Painted tonight, and you'll see my set up here which 
is making my foree into gouache convenient and 
enjoyable, (clicking on image brings up larger view)-

I've painted with oils predominantly the past 15 years, 
acrylics the 17 years before that...but what makes 
gouache nice is the casual setting mess to speak  
of, ease to clean up, and no smells.  Ordinarily I'd be  
painting outdoors with oils or in my art  
I can spend time with my wife, and enjoy some television  
or movie...though I more or less listen and see little by 
comparison of my painting, naturally.

The paintbox is one of several Guerrilla plein air boxes 
I have...

and...if you'd like to see a three second interval gif 
animation of this painting start to finish, follow my link to 
my thread at ... Yellow Dog Falls...


Teri C said...

Another beauty!
I am really enjoying and learning from your animations.
Exactly what brand of black paper are you using? I have tried gouache on black paper but I wouldn't call the paper 'thick'. The red flower and green leaves looked so great I just left the background black.

Larry said...

Its Strathmore Artist Paper, 400 series
400 Presentation Board- Black 20 X 30

but again, you can lay a wash of India Ink down on a thicker watercolor paper..140# to 300#

Carole Baker said...

Larry, Aha! Thank you for the picture of your set-up. I never thought that one might be working at an easel. As a watercolor painter I've always worked with my paper flat on the table and that's how I've been working on Gouache. And it looks like you are using long handled brushes. Your animations are so helpful. I feel like I'm taking a workshop with you. You are so generous and I can't thank you enough. I'll be ordering your book soon.

Larry Seiler said...

my pleasure, Carole...
yep...use traditional oil and acrylic style flats, rounds, sometimes bristles...and my traditional alla prima set up (alla prima- start to finish in one setting).

My habitual aim is to try to make each brushstroke count, the alla prima way...a little axiom that says, a brushstroke laid, a brushstroke stayed...