I don’t use a palette knife very often with gouache, but it can produce some nice results. It works well for skies, especially, using gray and blue mixtures and touches of pure white. Grassy fields are fun as well, using a variety of yellows, golds, ochres and greens.
I’ve been spending some time the last few days just playing around with small gouache sketches. These are 4″x 6″ sketchbook studies.
These are both from photos taken in Ohio.
Sometimes an artist comes along that deals with the subjects you love, and does it in a way that makes you think maybe getting that novel published would have been easier than trying to be an artist. Although Dean Mitchell has been producing his beautiful watercolors for a long time, his work is a fairly recent discovery for me. He doesn’t just paint beautifully, his compositions are masterful and his subjects touch you emotionally. His paintings are a reminder that, aside from knowledge and skill, the glue that holds it all together and makes it work is creativity.
Watercolor, Dean Mitchell, title and size unknown
From a reference photo taken on our Ohio trip this past November. There are spots in this that could use a bit more work, but I think I’ll leave it alone for now.
King Ranch Watering Hole was based on a photograph taken while touring the famed King Ranch in Southwest Texas.
Be sure to check out my new book, Painting The World My Way ~ The Gouache Book at
The Gouache Book is now available! This beautiful 6″ x 9″ book has 68 pages and over 100 images. Descriptions of beginnings, demonstrations, and a gallery of gouache paintings. A handy reference book and a nice addition to your library.
Here’s a link to see a preview and order your copy: