I’m back from my family reunion in Florida, trying to get over the cold I got while there (really, the family could have thought up a better gift, lol). I’ve used up all the paintings I did ahead of time, and I need to work on some reviews and tutorials.
So. Facebook came up with this: “Sandra, this photo from 7 years ago today was your most loved that year. We thought you’d like to look back on it.”
It was always one of my favorites, possibly because the original was lost along with some luggage. I’d taken it on a similar trip to the one I just took so it seemed fitting for today’s post.
For the reasons, mentioned above I may not post every day this week. Then again, the muse might decide to go mad and art might bloom from my fingers like spring blossoms in the rain. Unlikely, but ya just never know!
Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Brush: Escoda Perla Round size 8, 10 and 12. Reference photo courtesy of derevv on Pixabay.
Doodlewash Prompt: Leaves
Lithiops are a succulent plant with leaves that look like pebbles, camouflage so that animals won’t eat them during the droughts of Southern Africa. They are called Living Stones, although they are totally plants.
Artwork – Holbein Gouache in a Hahnemühle Grey Book.
Doodlewash Prompt: Cherry Blossom
I was feeling rather unmotivated today, so I decided to just jump in and paint with out a reference photo or planning.
It was also a bit of an experiment. One of the issues (so I’m told) with gouache is that it can crack if painted too heavily on a flexible surface. I haven’t used it too much in sketchbooks or journals, so I decided to pile it on. I painted several layers using fresh paint, and you can both see and feel the brush strokes.
The paper curled, which was to be expected, but I knew the paper in my Hahnemühle Grey Book would flatten out afterwards. Once the paint dried, I literally rolled the paper into a tube and then smoothed it out. The paper has some dimpling but is now flat and there was no cracking of the gouache.
I’ll check it again in a week or two when the paint has had a chance to cure completely. This will give me a pretty good feel for what I can get away with in thickness of paint.