Cow yard study – Chatham

I recently picked up a set of Gouache (sounds like squash) to have a lightweight plein air setup that I can just grab and go with and not fuss over setting up a full oil setup. From Wikipedia:

Gouache is the name of which derives from the Italian guazzo, water paint, splash or bodycolor (the term preferred by art historians) is a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. A binding agent, usually Gum Arabic, is also present, just as in watercolor. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is also present.

These studies are done pretty quickly in a mixed media notebook and are about 3″x3″.  Since it was my first time using Gouache, it took me a little while to get used to the palette – I was using too many colors in these studies and will probably go to a simple six color primary palette and just mix my greens and oranges before the session.  Something else that I will do in the future is to mix colors with a palette knife before applying the paint – colors got muddy really quickly with the water and mixing with the bush.  All in all I really love using Gouache for these studies and will continue to take the sketchbook out to the field.  This will allow me to spend more time painting outside which I’m really happy about.

Here are a few more from yesterday:

Forrest Hill study – Chatham

Cow yard study – Chatham

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