I've been spending a lot of time in Newburyport, MA this month and knew I wanted to do a lot of plein air painting. I decided to buy a set of gouache paints and try my hand at them. Gouache is very similar to watercolor but the paints are fairly opaque. Unlike watercolors, there is no need to preserve the white of the paper. One advantage is that they dry quickly. One disadvantage is that they dry quickly! Yes, the quick drying is a tremendous advantage for transporting the painting and making sure it doesn't smear. However, the working time is extremely short so not much mixing can take place on the paper.
In any case, I love painting sand dunes and these are my first few attempts in gouache.
|Dunes I - 5 x 7 inches - gouache on watercolor paper|
|Dunes I - 5 x 7 inches - gouache on watercolor paper, matted|
Dunes I is a 5x7 inch Gouache on Watercolor paper painting that is presented in an 8x10 mat. Click the buy now button below to purchase. (please note this painting won't ship until October 1).
NAME THE PAINTING CONTEST - WINNER!
Thank you to all those who submitted names for my "Name the Painting" contest. Here are all the names that were submitted (in alphabetical order):
Afloat and Aloft
Away with Me
Beyond the Sea
Come Sail Away
Dancing at Anchor
Harboring Sailboats in Camden
High Tide Peace
Jewel of the Coast
LOBSTAH Day Boat Tripping!
Mass of MastsMoored
On the Water
Peaceful Summer Day
Red as a Lobster
Slipless in Seattle
Still Waters Run Deep
Where the Winds Blow
(many apologies if I missed an entry!)
There were several submissions that I really liked: "Red as a Lobster" (quirky, made me smile although I would have changed it to "Red as a Lobstah"), "Serenity Now" (this made me laugh and Seinfeld fans will understand why), as well as "Classic Camden" (good solid name that describes the scene).
But, the winning entry that I liked the best was...drum roll please...."Cam Jam." I liked the reference to Camden as well as the "jam" which reminded me of a traffic jam and the crowded harbor. Congratulations to Marie D. of Lowell, MA! I will be sending out your petite painting prize in the next few days. Thanks to everyone who played along!