One Year/100 Paintings - #33 - Unfinished Figure - A rather blobby figure painting attempt from an earlier live model drawing session. Watercolor and Gouache in 8 x 5 Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.
#30 - One Year/100 Paintings - The Village - white gouache mixed with watercolor in pocket Stillman and Birn Beta series sketchbook. Study from a Morguefile.com reference photo on lunch break.
#29 - One Year/100 Paintings - PIneapple - gouache and watercolor in Moleskine watercolor album. I was inspired to paint this pineapple by a photo I took at my sister's place in Florida, though I didn't paint it until returning to Hanover.
#28 - One Year/100 Paintings - Perennial Plant - watercolor and gouache in Moleskine watercolor album. We went to visit my sister in Florida, and she had a vibrant orange perennial plant in her landscaped garden (she wasn't sure what it was called). I was drawn to the leaves on the plant, but I will say in my attempt to paint it in a more abstract manner, I have not achieved the vibrancy of the leaves in this painting.
#25 - One Year/100 Paintings - Green Pepper - Grumbacher Opaque Watercolor. The first of three pepper paintings that I made while having coffee and breakfast at McDonald's on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago. Painted from Morgefile.com reference photo.
#24 - One Year/100 Paintings - Tugboat at the Baltimore Inner Harbor - Plein Air painting with Urban Sketchers Baltimore - gouache and watercolor in Moleskine watercolor album. This was the second painting of the day and though I do like the look of the painting, I feel that the tugboat appears to be sinking, much like the Titanic.
#23 - One Year/100 Paintings - Plein Air painting with the Urban Sketchers Baltimore group using gouache and watercolor in a Moleskine landscape watercolor album. I'm very pleased with the impressionistic look of this painting though maybe the red ball in the water is a bit distracting. This was an absolutely beautiful day for painting, the weather was just cool enough for a light jacket and there was a breeze coming off of the water.
#22 - One Year/100 Paintings - Something’s fishy... More practice with gouache and watercolor, this was a quick study from a Morguefile.com reference photo during my lunchbreak. Painted in pocket Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook.
#21 - One Year/100 Paintings - trying out a new urban sketching painting style - gouache mixed with watercolor. I've seen this technique demonstrated by Marco Bucci (though much more skillfully and with years of practice!) This was painted in a pocket Beta Series Stillman and Birn sketchbook. I like the look of the painting, different than my usual ink and wash style of sketching. The photo reference is from Morguefile.com.
Week 6 - Reeves brand gouache from A.C. Moore on black sketch paper. I was inspired to try this technique when I watched a video demonstrating it on YouTube. I packed up my small traveling ArtBin that I take to work with all my tubes of Reeves gouache, metal paint palette, a few small brushes, pencils, pens, eraser, and collapsible water cup from Faber Castell. I also carried with me my backpack filled with the usual things and for this week, a small black paper sketch pad to use for the gouache paintings.
I intended to work on the paintings on my lunch hour this week, but one of the days I spent fiddling around with the new set of magnetic adapters for my Slate, which is always in my work backpack. Another day we all went out for lunch. I finally spent about two lunch hours working on just one painting that I was not really happy with when it was finished. That painting did inspire me though to create a revised illustration based on it with my iPad using the Procreate app.
One evening in my studio I painted a self portrait with white gouache going straight in with a brush without sketching myself first. I was happier with that result though it's not a complete likeness. Today I created two paintings, one from the art mannequin that I have and another from a silver Halloween skull from my anatomy collection. I liked the way the mannequin painting turned out, with the skull painting being more distorted and abstract.
Kind of hit or miss with the gouache paintings this week, but not every sketch or painting is going to turn out to be a great work of art. I found the exercise challenging because I had to think about painting in the lights on the black paper, leaving the bare black paper as the shadows, opposite of the way I normally work. Although challenging, I enjoyed the exercise and may incorporate it into a future project.
Next up in Create-A-Thon 2017 - Paint or draw the same subject in 5 different mediums.