Gouache Studies

I try and break out the gouache regularly for photo studies; it keeps my hand painterly and reminds me to think about values and simplifying the planes and shapes and also it is always a real challenge! I got some new gouache paints this past year, a Himi/Miya jelly gouache set suitable for painting a big pile of studies with, and it’s been a great excuse to paint more. Here’s some photo documentation of my recent work:

Serpentinite Crystal Island

This gouache painting is about 7 x 9″ in size, on watercolour paper. It’s an exploration of the geological identity of some parts of Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland, Canada. The green serpentine crystals are growing from the granite and serpentinite mix of Gros Morne, specifically the Tablelands. The dark spruce and fir trees are silhouetted against distant hills and rolling fog. This piece is my love letter to that gorgeous park and the sense of magic it has.

Colour Painting - Crystal Island