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Tha NYC Urban Sketchers virtual event this weekend was “blue”. Color for the morning session and blue, the word, for the afternoon


#1 Stonehenge hot press paper, Zebra brush pen, gouache, Molotow acrylic paint pens.
#2 unknown sketchbook (last page,yay! – but I enjoyed the book) Zebra, Fudenosuke & Pitt Brush Pens.

Yesterday I attended a virtual meetup at the New York Botanical Garden where we were taken on a tour of the Orchid Show. It was organized by the Westchester branch of the NYC Urban Sketchers and instead of driving up to who-knows-where and having to maintain distancing I was comfortable in my recliner, an annex of my studio.

Referred to screenshots of various orchids.
Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, gouache, black & white Molotow acrylic Paint markers.

I followed instructions and started this one using color blocking. But, I NEED lines.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper
Gouache, Tombow and Zebra Brush pens

I attended Lois Bender’s workshop in June. She demonstrates using watercolor and everyone else used watercolor. But anyway…

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, gouache, Molotow acrylic paint marker, colored pencils.

Still swiveled away from the table I sketched the crowd of people – a new iteration of the crowd – again. I un-swiveled, wet my brush, and began painting with gouache. It was fun trying to figure out the paint but it was very difficult waiting to pass through the ugly stage. Phew.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

I took part in Sunday’s NYC Urban Sketchers workshop taught by Lois Bender. She demonstrated “Choosing Colors to Make Your Whites Pop” using the skyline view of Jersey City outside the window. She actually did three quick watercolors to show different approaches to achieve the results desired. You all know I don’t do watercolor but I will, on occasion use gouache. Where I was sitting there was a sliver of a view into the Winter Garden so I did a quick thumbnail and, my back to Jersey City, tried to make my whites Pop.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, gouache, Staedtler Brush Pen.

(Probably too much information but it seems I’m chatty today.)

I’m enjoying partaking in the 30x30directwatercolor2018 June challenge on facebook. It is getting easier using only a brush to paint the picture, or in my case, so far, to copy from a reference photo without an underlying line drawing. I’m using gouache but, as you will see later on, I have inadvertently slipped into another media.

#5 is after Irma Stern: “Portrait Of A Woman Wearing Red Head Scarf”. I finished the painting but it was still in the ugly stage. As soon as I added the lines, as seen in the original art, it came alive.

#6 it is difficult getting the proportions correct, as if I ever really do, but I’m just happy that it’s getting easier to draw with the brush.

#7 So, the other day when I was foolishly direct-painting trees in the park (previously blogged last week-ish), I also foolishly tried to paint a couple sitting at a table too too far away. Awful.
I wondered what would happen if I overpainted another image on top of the awfulness using gouache. In the head, neck and hand the old painting was obscured but still showed through the blouse area. It was an interesting effect but not for this painting so I overpainted the clothing with white acrylic and then gouache which I smeared with my fingers. This is one of my favorite artists and now it hides a secret.

#8 I resorted to the white acrylic simply because I enjoyed it so much in #7. That’s what I told myself at the time. Stay tuned.

30x30directwatercolor2018 (gouache used) #7&8 have some acrylic also. #8 white gel pen.
Referred to reference photo. Lines added after direct Brush painting was finished.

Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; gouache, acrylic, white gel pen.

I don’t know how long I’ll actually keep it up but these are gouache paintings I did using reference images. I keep an “Inspiration” folder in iPat (Book Creater app) where I store images that might give me ideas. Of course a collection of Diebenkorn art is the first thing spotted when the folder is opened so that’s where I started.

This is a 30x30directwatercolor2018 challenge on facebook. I’m sticking to gouache. Perhaps I’ll eventually get the faces right.

These are tiny 3″ x 5″ paintings, the paper really likes the paint. It is awkward not having a drawn line but I’m trying to take a breath, look at the image and plot how to tackle things with only the brush.

Every single one lingered in a really ugly, awful horrible stage but I’ve learned from years of other things to keep going and maybe I’ll end up surprised.

#30x30directwatercolor2018 (gouache used)
Reference photos were used.
Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; gouache

I drove to the park. In my tote bag was a set of Pelikan gouache, a brush and a bottle of water. I parked in the shade, kinda balanced everything, realized the trees were farther away than I remembered them to be, bit the bullet and painted in my tiny pad without first drawing.

It was difficult. Exhausting. Then I started another painting. I rarely draw trees, rarely even look at them. I must have been out of my mind.

Drawn from direct observation (with a lot of artistic license) as part of #30x30directwatercolor2018 June facebook challenge. I’m using gouache and we’ll see how many I’ll actually do. I think I’ve used up my tree quota already.

Tiny Hahnemühle Bamboo mixed media pad; gouache

I lucked out – a whole crowd of people were present at the same time in the lunchroom.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Gouache (added later at home)