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King Ranch Watering Hole

February 28, 2017
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Ki:”ng Ranch Watering Hole, 8×10, Gouache

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

http://www.blurb.com/b/7779195-painting-the-world-my-way

Gouache Book Now Available

February 26, 2017

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:

http://www.blurb.com/b/7779195-painting-the-world-my-way

 

The Gouache Book

January 18, 2017

 

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The draft copy of my book “Painting The World My Way – The Gouache Book” came today! It’s a beautiful little book, 64 pages, filled with information about how I use gouache and lots of images. I’ll spend the next few days editing, then we’ll take the same approach with orders as we are doing with The Barn Project. This little book is going to be a nice addition to your studio library.

 

Back To The Drawing Board

January 17, 2017

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If you’re anything like me, you go to an art blog to see art, and I know I’ve put a lot of notifications on here lately rather than art. So…now that we are seeing sales of THE BARN PROJECT, and while we’re waiting for the preview copy of THE GOUACHE BOOK to arrive, it’s time to get back to the actual art.

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The barn above was found hiding with several other weathered old farm buildings  on the other side of a thickly grown fence row. In this view, I eliminated a lot of overhanging branches and thin trunks and limbs growing right at the fence and along the road. Much of this little 6″ x  6″ gouache piece was done with a palette knife, something I do vey rarely. I kind of like the texture in the foreground.

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The little 5″ x  7″ gouache piece above was kind of blah until I went back to it with a bit more paint and stronger color. Something like this is always a reminder to me that I need to use more paint and less water.

Now I’m going to pull the watercolor pads off the shelf and see if I can find some new situations for Sherwin the Snail to get into.

And by the way… Happy New Year, Everyone!

 

The Art Store

January 12, 2017

Be sure to check out The Art Store. There is a link in the menu at the top of the Home Page. It’s a way for us to reduce inventory and make it available at drastically reduced prices.

 

The Red Shed (Gouache)

January 8, 2017

Our recent time in Ohio produced a lot of new references. A couple of them have already appeared here as ink & watercolor drawings. I wasn’t able to get a comfortable painting setup while we were there, so I waited until we returned home to get the gouache and easel out.

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The Red Shed, 5×7, gouache

I’ve lived most of my life in Texas, much of it near the Gulf Coast, so snow is not part of my natural environment. Even when I lived in the Dallas area, snow was a rare and short-lived event. Ergo, painting snow scenes does not come naturally for me. I do have to admit, however, that the wet, cold white stuff that I’m really not comfortable in does create some beautiful images. It’s easy to see why many artists love it as a painting subject.

The Red Shed was part of a collection of structures, including a huge barn, but since I haven’t been focused on gouache recently, I thought I would start with a small subject in a small format. I had every intention of painting this in a realistic manner, a la Michael Godfrey (I wish), but as is so often the case, when it got to this point, I liked it and didn’t want to overwork it.

There will be more of these to come.

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On the publishing front, I just ordered a preview copy of Painting The World My Way, The Gouache Book. We’re definitely getting closer.

Books

December 31, 2016

We have returned from a two-month absence from home. We traveled to Ohio to allow Nell to spent time with her older brother in his last days, and stayed to spend Christmas with our youngest son and his family. Now it’s back to business:

First, signed copies of The Barn Project can be ordered from me via email at ralphparkerstudio@yahoo.com. Send me your mailing address and the number of copies you want to order. Also let me know if you want it personalized with your name when I sign it. Please do that in the next couple of days, because I’d like to order those books on Monday, January 2. I can order more later, but I would like to get the first batch on their way. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for me to get your signed copy to you. The cost for these is $17.39 US, which includes shipping.

If you’re not concerned with a signed copy, T he Barn Project can be ordered directly from the publisher at http://www.blurb.com/b/7602112-the-barn-project and shipping is much faster.

This is a fun little softback book, 6″ x 9″, with 40 pages. It contains over 50 images of drawings, sketches and paintings of barns in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas, with text scattered throughout describing many of them.


The long-promised Gouache Book is nearing completion. I’ll be ordering a test copy soon. So far it is around 60 pages. This is a softback book in the handy 6″ x 9″ format. Much of the information comes from my blog, but there are more demo examples, some expanded and updated text and approximately 100 images.