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Deborah Secor
10-16-2012, 10:47 PM
The idea with these, so far, is to use a Sharpie marker to add some expressive, loose line work into the mix. I start with photos and make light pencil lines, then paint with gouache, and finish with the Sharpie.

I like the page border, though you can see how that's evolved already. The sketchbook is 3.5" x 5.5", so the paintings are about 2.5" x 4.5" in actual size. I paint small anyway--ATC/ACEO size--so I'm used to that.

I use a variety of brands of paint for these, mostly Winsor-Newton and L&B Linel, as in theory this palette will go out on location. (My beloved M. Graham colors have honey in them, attracting bees, so I'll limit them to the studio.)

I've been doing these since September. I just thought they might be good showing here for those who are interested in gouache...

1.
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My house. Those are ornamental plum trees.

2.
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A trip to San Francisco.

3.
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A big tree in the neighborhood that I love. It's HUGE!

4.
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A place we walk near the Rio Grande.

5.
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A two-track in the mountains near Santa Fe.

6.
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Near my house is Petroglyph Park, with dark volcanic outcrops.

7.
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The next door neighbor's house.


8.
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My front door.

9.
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A RIL photo window in Europe somewhere.

11.
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A house in my neighborhood with chamisa in front of the fence.

12.
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A challenge photo from the Watercolor Forum.

13.
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The corner where I often walk.

14.
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An indigo plant that intrigued me.

15.
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Evening walk along the Rio Grande quite nearby.

16.
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There are clear ditches along the Rio with wonderful reflections.


In #15 I used a paler gray marker and in #14 I just decided it didn't need marker lines, as you can see. Stay tuned as I add sketches. We'll see how they evolve!

I'm open to any comments you want to make! Creative suggestions are welcome, too. So here we go.

Yorky
10-17-2012, 12:12 AM
What strikes me above all is your wonderful use of colour and economical compositions Deborah.

Doug

olliewood0702
10-17-2012, 01:44 PM
You crank them out so easily at least that is how it seems, Deborah. What a wonderful collection. I LOVE the light in the indigo plant one and the last one with those great reflections. You sure do have some lovely places to walk in which to sketch.

Deborah Secor
10-17-2012, 04:26 PM
Thanks, Doug. I do like to keep things streamlined, and color is my thing!

Darla, thanks. True, I really don't spend much time on these. They're quick ones meant to keep me sane and painting. I am so blessed to live in a gorgeous place where I've painted for 30 years. :heart:

spinyone
10-18-2012, 02:43 PM
these are truly delicious, I'm glad I stumbled into this forum!

Deborah Secor
10-18-2012, 03:27 PM
Glad you visited, spinyone. :D

pauseintheday
12-11-2012, 03:47 AM
if these were for sale, you will surely have some takers! I especially love the indigo plant.

Deborah Secor
12-11-2012, 07:21 PM
Thank you so much, pauseintheday. :D I love that one, too. You can check out my blog (http://deborahsecor-gouache.blogspot.com/) for more information...

karenlee
12-14-2012, 09:21 AM
Really nice work! I am struck by how beautifully and easily the warm colors of gouache capture the warm sunlight of your environs. Thank you for posting these. Now that it's getting cold in Wisconsin, your sketchbook makes me want to catch a train to ABQ.

Deborah Secor
12-17-2012, 04:21 PM
Thanks, Karenlee. :D It's been rainy and cooler with gray skies lately, but today the sun is shining and it's 45F in my backyard. I love living in sunny New Mexico!

friesin
01-04-2013, 07:23 AM
I like your loose style
Would certainly be nice to see larger paintings of yours!

meglyman
01-05-2013, 03:16 PM
I love these! Do you use different types of brushes while working?

Deborah Secor
01-07-2013, 02:32 PM
Thanks, Freisin. I occasionally work larger. Here's a floral that's about 11" x 14". :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/23609-IMG_3405SM.jpg

Thank you, Meg. For the collection above, I have three favorite brushes, a 1/2" flat, a 1/4" angle, and a beloved 1/4" bright that's badly abused and gives me the funny, loose incidental marks like grass or trees or bushes. I work most of the time with the larger one and pick up the others to 'finish' it, along with the marker. Thanks for asking!

Deborah Secor
01-09-2013, 02:04 PM
A new one...

17.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2013/23609-17_sm.jpg

I'm going to try to get a few more of these going again. :)

Yorky
01-09-2013, 02:06 PM
Another beauty Deborah.

Doug

Studio-1-F
01-10-2013, 08:50 AM
Deborah, I love the big floral! The dry-brush strokes are totally relaxed but perfect. Bravo! :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting these!

Jan

Deborah Secor
01-10-2013, 04:15 PM
:D Thanks Doug and Jan.