Two New Gouache Paintings
I’ve fallen a bit behind here, so I’ll put up two new pieces.
The first was an attempt at a sort of classical 19th century look. I’m fascinated by the Russian painters, especially those who painted rural farm scenes, and studied a few of them before doing this little painting. It’s a bit out of my normal zone, and, while I wanted an earthy, almost gritty feel to it, it ended up a bit darker than I intended. The figure is from a photo of my sister-in-law in her garden. I’m afraid she won’t recognize the background at all, however, because I took some severe liberties to get the scene I wanted. I’m still not sure I accomplished my intent with this one, and may approach the subject again at some future time.
“Morning Selection” ~ 8×10, gouache on cold press Crescent board
The second painting was a return to familiar territory. The big tree presented itself on a curve as we were being driven around the Ohio countryside by one of Nell’s brothers. I managed to get off a quick shot of it. I was fascinated by its size and shape, and by all the bare branches that seemed to explode out in every direction.
“Back Road Surprise” ~ 11×14, gouache on cold press Crescent board