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Big Red… a gouache painting

August 28, 2018

I posted an image of this barn a month ago, a pen & ink and watercolor sketch.  This old barn really grabbed me, so I decided to do it again, larger, in gouache.


Big Red, 10 x 16, Gouache on w/c paper

It’s a bit tighter than the sketch, but I wanted to see if I could still paint one of these in pure gouache and capture the character of this old structure.  Unlike most of my earlier gouache paintings, I didn’t use heavy paint on this one.  In fact, I pulled out an old plastic gouache palette and did the entire painting with thin, revived paint that had dried in the palette.  Simply rolled a wet brush around the paint piles until I had a usable consistency.  Toward the end I did squeeze out a little titanium white to give a couple of colors a little more light.

An artist friend is headed to Wyeth country.  An oil painter, he’s reviving his watercolor work and, like most of us, is a big Andrew Wyeth fan. What better place to gain inspiration than the actual locations where Wyeth painted.  Not to be a copycat, but to give myself a challenge, I think I’ll go at another barn, again in gouache, and try to explore something resembling a Wyeth color palette.  I don’t think my friend will object, and I need the challege.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Terry Wilkinson permalink
    August 28, 2018 6:40 pm

    Ralph, you inspired me to purchase Gouache and now I’m hooked and will certainly be having a go at this barn be it with fresh paint

  2. wejay01 permalink
    August 28, 2018 9:29 pm

    Lovely painting Ralph.

  3. August 31, 2018 2:49 pm

    Awesome. Love it!

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