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05-01-2013, 02:58 AM
Hi all.

New horizons beckon. AND with gouache.

Debra has offered some splendid images ... read medieval and action. I can't trump these so the dedication is to Debra. LET US DO THEM JUSTICE.

"These were taken last year at the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, CO on June 30 so there is quite a variety of subjects."

Court Jester


Wench at Entrance


Leopard Reaching

Tiger Growls

White Knight Galloping

White Knight Winning


I think these are the best photos ... THANK YOU Debra.

Of course, anything else you wish to paint is A OK :lol: so long as it is

05-02-2013, 12:29 PM
the knights remind me of the re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth that happens a few miles from where I live where Richard III lost his battle and life (The King In The Car Park). I have a lot of those but particulalrly like the Jester..

So far I haven't tried a furry animal in Gouache so maybe it is time to try as these are just TOO gorgeous.

Thank you!

Maybe should have included these for April for St. George's Day:P

Deborah Secor
05-02-2013, 12:49 PM
These are really wonderful shots! Thanks for sharing them, Debra. I love the hat on the girl and the jester's face is great... Oh, if only I had more time. Well, maybe after we get relocated!

Devoted 2Art
05-02-2013, 02:59 PM
Been quite awhile since I've posted here though I've been using mostly gouache recently.

Annie & Debra - These are really great images - I think I'll try at least one of them.

Here's my latest work which I am really pleased with and is mostly gouache though all of the initial layers were done with watercolor.

"A Place In The Sun" / Gouache + Watercolor / 15.5 x 11.25 / Stonehenge Paper

Some progress photos here : http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1315794

C & C always welcome.

05-02-2013, 03:08 PM
That is gorgeous John. Like a photo from a jigsaw. Lovely

05-02-2013, 04:05 PM
Lovely idyllic village, John! would love to be there.

Exciting images Debra, might help me get over being afraid of painting people!

05-02-2013, 05:47 PM
Lovely scene John :thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
05-02-2013, 07:16 PM
Lovely scene and beautifully painted, as always, John! :clap:

Devoted 2Art
05-03-2013, 01:47 AM
Thank you very much for the wonderful comments Lin, Lynn, Annie & Deborah. Can't wait to see what everyone does with these photos - Should be a really interesting project.


05-07-2013, 06:38 PM
Beautiful painting John

I have made a panther on a small canvas 25x25cm using black, bronze and burt sienna gouache


Deborah Secor
05-07-2013, 06:45 PM
Wow, very nice painting, Margareth! Love the intense eyes. :thumbsup:

05-08-2013, 12:03 AM
beautiful work Margereth :clap: :clap:

Devoted 2Art
05-08-2013, 08:17 PM
Thank you Margareth - Your panther is fantastic! So wonderful painted on black.

05-10-2013, 12:26 AM
John, beautiful view. Well done. :clap:

Margareth, nice cat. It seems to me that he looks at me somewhat reproachfully. :)

And finally my new painting. The spring has come to us at last. :)



05-10-2013, 03:53 AM
And in your superbly painterly style, Alex, you have leaves. Brilliant as always.
:clap: :clap:

05-10-2013, 05:13 AM
Annie, thank you. :heart:


05-10-2013, 08:52 AM
BEAUTIFUL paintings here. I love the thatched cottage, so fresh and beautiful. The black leopard is striking and this lovely springtime wooded scene is delightful!

05-11-2013, 01:23 AM
Another one of mine.



Devoted 2Art
05-11-2013, 02:02 AM
Alex thank you so much for your comments. Both of your new paintings are spectacular. What size are they?

05-11-2013, 02:16 AM
John, thank you too. :) I use A3 piece of w/c paper for my paintings.


05-11-2013, 03:26 AM
Spring forest ... just beautiful Alex.

I will work on the bawdy wench tomorrow :thumbsup:

05-11-2013, 03:54 AM
Thank you, Annie. :heart:

I will work on the bawdy wench tomorrow :thumbsup:

:) Very intriguing.


05-11-2013, 04:37 AM
:lol: Wait and see. Gosh, that commits me ? :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
05-11-2013, 03:05 PM
Nice focus, Alex. I enjoy the two trees leaning in over the glowing green leaves, and the touches of orange are great! :thumbsup:

Bawdy wench, eh? :D This should be interesting. And yes, you are committed! :lol:

05-11-2013, 03:40 PM
well I made a feeble attempt at the court Jester its 5x7 done in gouache and a bit of pencil I am not much good with figures . I like your trees Alex Looking forward to the Bawdy wench Annie !!


05-12-2013, 12:28 PM
Happy Mothers day ladies

Deborah Secor
05-12-2013, 04:08 PM
Les, it's good! :D And thanks for the Mother's Day greetings, too. My talented almost 2 y.o. granddaughter gave me a drawing. It's a treasure!

05-12-2013, 05:10 PM

"Off Road Vehicle #1"
Gouache on 140# c/p, about 6" x 9"

Deborah Secor
05-12-2013, 06:53 PM
My kind of off-roading, Debra! Beautiful!

Big move in exactly 3 weeks. Finished the epic yard sale yesterday and took the DAY OFF today! This is most definitely a WIP, but who knows when I'll get the brushes out again, so here ya go, as is for now...

4x6" on yellow PastelMat paper.


05-12-2013, 08:55 PM
Nice Debrah a nice little painting .did you have nice weather for your sale . It was january when I had a sale and had to do it via the Kijiji because of snowy conditions cold etc . My wife got an ebook reader for mothers day I think my son created an ebook monster she hasn't had it out of her hands all day . I told her they will do away with libraries if you keep that up , Ah well we got to take a few pleasures out of life I suppose.

Deborah Secor
05-13-2013, 12:10 AM
Thanks, Les. More to go on it, of course.The sale was good, great weather--not too hot! Oh and I have a good book from the library in my hand right now, so no worries! Until I die off, at least... :p

05-13-2013, 03:24 AM
Les, that jester is great.

Deb of the Seattle, LOVE it!!

Deborah, :thumbsup:

Noncommitally I will say that I have drawn out the bawdy wench. Just no paint as yet. :eek::lol:

Devoted 2Art
05-13-2013, 08:07 PM
Nice job Les - Looks like you had some fun with that one.

Debra -= Fantastic work & such a beautiful scene. Looks like freedom to me.

Deborah - Thanks for your progress post - Looks like it's gonna be beautiful. Anxious to see how you finish it. It's very nice already.

Annie - still waiting for your Bawdy Wench... Good to hear you're a step closer to the challenge.

Worked on this one today. Fist time I've tried to work on this paper in some time.
"My Back Pages" / Gouache (Mostly + Watercolor) / 14" x 11" / Fabriano Artistico 140# Hot Press Paper

Maybe I'll try the Jester or the Knight Fight next. C & C welcome.

Deborah Secor
05-13-2013, 08:37 PM
Nice one. John, you mentioned that you trace the photo onto your paper. Have you seen this gadget, NeoLucida (http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/05/trace-what-you-see-the-neolucida-is-the-first-portable-camera-lucida-to-be-manufactured-in-nearly-a-century/)? The plans will be out for anyone who wants to market them, and I hope they'll be inexpensive and readily available someday!

05-14-2013, 03:11 AM
Looking good John :thumbsup:

05-14-2013, 05:06 PM
I like that John nice and clean looking . Deborah I wouldn't mind one of those Lucida just to try it out I knew it worked on the prism principal. Ive often wondered how they worked but never took the time to go into it fully . I guess if I had been really interested I would have delved into it further. I sometimes trace photos but increasing the size doesn't seem to work out for me . I can make it up to an 8x11 piece of paper but going larger making a grid is a bit of a pain.

Devoted 2Art
05-15-2013, 01:22 AM
Thank you for your comments Deborah, Annie & Les.

Deborah - that tracer sure is intriguing. I'm always tempted by things that can simplify the drawing & tracing process. I've got a pantograph, projector and a Wacom tablet but I always seem to resort to the lightbox, vellum & a drafting pencil. I really need to start freehanding more:D & eliminate the need for any of those tools.


Deborah Secor
05-15-2013, 01:37 PM
I agree that freehanding is a great confidence builder, and fun, too! But there are more than enough times when I want the shortcut the camera lucida offers me: checking perspective (I'm absolutely miserable at it), ellipses in the still life (equally bad), and faces when the model doesn't have a long time to sit. (I'm thinking of using one to make sketches of my homeless friends, which I think will be much fresher than photos, more hand-drawn, that I can then take home and paint to give to them.) I wish I'd gotten in on the ground floor before these two guys sold out their run of the NeoLucida, but I like the idea of sharing their plans so that manufacturers will be able to go into production soon. It's a dandy idea, IMHO!

05-15-2013, 04:44 PM
Deborah let me know if you hear they are on sale anywhere?
Did you see that last dog that Robert did, was it a bulldog? the one looking so sorry for itself . I sent a message to him he never answered .

05-16-2013, 09:04 AM
John: Gorgeous country scene and portrait! I look forward to your painting of the jester and/or the Knight Fight! :thumbsup:

Margareth: Excellent panther and the eyes are amazing. :thumbsup:

Alex: Wonderful spring forest paintings with wonderful tree bark technique. :thumbsup:

Annie: I'm looking forward to your painting of the "bawdy wench." :D

WebLes: The court jester looks awesome! :thumbsup:

Debra: I love the "Off Road Vehicle" painting and horses are truly the best. :thumbsup:

Deborah: Lovely flowers and I hope the big move goes well. Also, thanks for the information about the NeoLucida. :thumbsup: :wave:

05-16-2013, 04:07 PM
:clap: :clap:

Hope u dont mind but I had already showed you my view in winter I thought you might like to see my view from my window in the springtime.
this is just one view I have three windows facing the rest of the park


Devoted 2Art
05-17-2013, 02:55 AM
Thank you Debra - Still working on coming up with a cool composition for the duel. Doesn't seem to be going too well:( .

Absolutely beautiful view Les. Thanks for sharing!

05-22-2013, 04:29 PM
Hi all great job everyone , nice references I ll try some later just got back from a three weeks trip in California got to rest my internal clock and take care of the garden lawn looks like a wheatfield cats are fine

05-24-2013, 01:41 AM
Nice view Les.

Robert welcome back. happy mowing.

I have been very remiss. I shall work on the bawdy wench tomorrow while I gallery sit.

05-25-2013, 12:29 PM
Here's one I have been dabbling with on and off for a week, finally finished.

'On The Look Out'
Hahnemule 300gsm watercolour paper
I am also working on another leopard from an outstanding WDE
I have never done animals in gouache before (except for birds)
challenging, but enjoyable


Thanks all for the refs. I may do another one and when I've finished i'll post up other gouache leopard.

05-25-2013, 05:35 PM
Looks FABULOUS Lin. :clap: :clap:

I finally finished the bawdy wench

1/8 the sheet ... about A4 size


05-25-2013, 06:16 PM
Wonderful Tiger Lin, terrific woman Annie.


05-26-2013, 02:30 AM
Very nice cat Lin and well done love the pose

Wow Annie this is very nice! worth the time you've spent I like the way you did the dress and that colour too

I took my brushes out :angel:

05-26-2013, 04:45 AM
I love your leopard Lin its very beautiful
Annie its very nice what you did with the lady

05-26-2013, 08:24 AM
Lin: Lovely leopard! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Annie: Gorgeous job on the "wench." I love the color palette and skintones. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :wave:

05-26-2013, 10:45 AM
Have been away (in my mind at least :rolleyes: ) Maybe will get to some gouache next month.

Super view, Les, you must be pretty high up.

Lin, marvellous leopard!

Annie, that is lovely, like the relaxed brush work in her skirt, among other things!

Welcome back, Robert.....any west coast paintings?

05-26-2013, 12:16 PM
Here is another one I did while I had the gouache kit out. This was originally a ref from justchaos from here Weekend Drawing Event back in March! I kept it because I just love painting cats (and birds).

I couldn't resist those keen eyes and ready to pounce pose.

W & N Cotman Watercolour paper 300gsm
14" x 10"
Artists Gouache


and I'll be doing another too from this week's challenge but that won't be a cat ;)

05-26-2013, 02:32 PM
Nice tiger and leapard Lin you certainly know your animals .
Wow Annie you did a fantastic job on the b/wench .

05-26-2013, 08:02 PM
both leopards. One is a snow leopard the other....isn't

05-27-2013, 12:30 AM
Mesmerising eyes Lin. Beautifully done.

05-27-2013, 03:15 AM
Pretty leopard Lin love the eyes

05-27-2013, 01:20 PM
Don't know why I said lion - senior moment I think because I know they are leopards.


Devoted 2Art
05-28-2013, 01:21 AM
Lin these are 2 beautifully painted cats. Wonderful work.

Annie - Your bawdy wench turned out fantastic. Well worth waiting for.


05-28-2013, 04:50 AM
Here I am with "angry birds" first painting in weeks.
I did it from a pict by Funkyaxe it is size A3 on Arches hp.


05-28-2013, 05:24 AM
Excellent work Robert, I would keep away from those beaks!


05-28-2013, 01:15 PM
:angel: :angel:

Robert i have some gulls here landgulls they could be cousins to your gulls.

:wave: :wave:

05-28-2013, 01:55 PM
Another lovely cat, Lin, well done!

Super Robert, you caught their attitude so well. I used to live by the sea, brings it all back!

05-28-2013, 04:08 PM
Thanks all - glad you liked my big cats,.... here's something different

I had the gouache out for these so decided to use it for the WDE event so it's cross posted from AMAE.

'Fire Dragon'
Bockingford wc paper CP 300gsm
9.5" x 6.75 " (silly sized paper pad!)
Artists Gouache


05-29-2013, 10:15 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It certainly is different Lin , very colourful I like it .


Devoted 2Art
05-29-2013, 10:29 PM
Robert - Fantastic work - Nice to see you posting again:thumbsup: !

Lin - Amazing dragon! Wonderful work!

05-30-2013, 09:01 AM
Congratulations Robert on your website, it's fabulous.

05-30-2013, 02:51 PM
Thanks a lot Les, lynn,John and Lil

Shirl Parker
05-30-2013, 07:31 PM
Crazy posts!

Deborah Secor
06-09-2013, 09:49 PM
Okay, gang, where IS everyone??? I was able to attend the Pastel Societies Convention here in Albuquerque for the last two days, and ironically the ONLY booth that had gouache available for sale (Holbein) was directly next door to ours AND the gouache was smack at that corner. It was so hard to resist the special deals!! I did, however. Moving will make you realize how much you already have... But now I want to PAINT!

Robert, love your gulls!! :D

And Lin, the dragon is spectacular!! :clap:

06-10-2013, 11:08 AM
Thank you Deb yep it is quiet it must be because of the winter in the south emisphere and the wintery summer in the north
Robert:cat: :angel:

Deborah Secor
06-10-2013, 04:05 PM
Hmm, wish it was a 'wintery' summer here! Yesterday it was 97 F here... But you're probably right, Robert.

06-11-2013, 03:58 AM
Sorry all ... am having a lethargic struggle with apathy at present. All will pass.

06-11-2013, 03:30 PM
Hello Annie yep the cold season makes us wanna hibernate at least your days are still long were you are Actualy gardening takes care of my free time

06-11-2013, 03:52 PM
Sorry all ... am having a lethargic struggle with apathy at present. All will pass.

I totally understand but have managed a couple of gouache paintings recently. I'm a relatively slow painter at the best of times but these went fairly quickly.

What has been posted looks great. It's always nice to see what everyone is painting!

Forgot to mention that these are both about 7 or 8" by 9 or 9 1/2' or so. Both are on scrap watercolor paper.


06-12-2013, 04:18 AM
And A by A,they are spectacular. Love the rooster!!! Morning.:clap: :clap:
Great view of the lighthouse.

I remember my brother hunting down Frank, the rooster, who had crowed repeatedly underneath the floor of his bedroom for three hours at my sisters home. Not pretty. Especially when he put on the John Farnham blonde wig. Frank escaped for another day, year or years,but bro was seriously embarrassed as everyone rudely awakened was looking at the spectacle and laughing. It, the wig, was a prop from a previous evening. he thought it be a hat in the blur of rooster morning.

All things shall pass. :thumbsup: Be good all.

I still do have paints and paper. The T thing? TIME.

06-12-2013, 03:15 PM
Very nice work ABA colors are beautiful

Annie I still do have paints and paper. The T thing? TIME. it sounds like tea time I know how you feel sometime life gets in the way

06-13-2013, 04:03 AM
Thanks Annie & Robert!

06-13-2013, 11:31 AM
Very nice work, ABA, welcome to the thread!

It will come back, Annie, consider your brain is taking a well earned rest :)

06-13-2013, 01:22 PM
ABA thats a nice rooster colours just jump out at you

Deborah Secor
06-13-2013, 02:46 PM
ABA, the rooster is great and I love your clouds! :D

06-14-2013, 09:38 AM
ABA, love the rooster and landscape painting, so vibrant.
Haven't touched the gouache paints in quite a while but here's one I did recently of some roses from a visit to the botanical gardens.

06-14-2013, 01:56 PM
Lovely roses Lil:thumbsup:

06-15-2013, 11:33 AM
Thanks, Lynn, Les, Deborah & Lil.

Lil, that red really sings in this!!!! How fortunate you are to be near a botanical garden!

06-17-2013, 03:52 AM
lovely roses Lil.:thumbsup:

06-18-2013, 02:04 AM
Hi all :wave: It seems forever since I popped in here and a bit of catching up to do.

Gorgeous cats and dragon Lin.

Your squawking birds are superb as usual Robert - must look stunning at that size.

And the wonderful wench is a fabulous painting Annie :) I love the way you painted the skirt.

ABA - both paintings are great - specially the rooster.

Love the colour and looseness in those roses Lil.

Not much gouaching on my part :( but today I tried to have a go and improve a poor attempt at a wc plein aire that I painted along the way - at beautiful Lake Burbury in Tasmania. It was a stunning campsite and we went swimming much to the amazement of others (they were wimps :lol: ) Apparently it snowed there at the same time last year. First time I have had the gouache out in 6 months.

First the poor attempt wc 7 x 5


then the gouache

At least I wet the brushes :D I will try and pop in here from time to time.

06-18-2013, 02:29 AM
Gorgeous roses Lil.

Wonderful vista Raxu.


06-18-2013, 04:19 AM
Gouache is better Ros. :thumbsup: More substance.

I will reintroduce my brushes to paint this weekend. Hope there isn't any squawking. :) I shall be polite at the introductions.

06-18-2013, 04:51 AM
Beautiful painting Ros nice depth Yep the gouached fianal is more intense
You must have a wonderful trip:)

Hi Annie looking forward your next one:)

06-18-2013, 09:46 AM
Hope you checked out if the fish were man eating before going in for a dip, the gouache one does stand out . That makes a nice little painting.

06-19-2013, 07:47 PM
Thank you everyone for the nice comments on the roses. Have been away from these paints but will try something again soon.

06-22-2013, 03:36 AM
Thanks for all your comments. Looking forward to your reintroduction Annie :)
Les, the only fish there were trout. The lake is frequented by mad keen fishermen - one camped near us and stored his catch of 10 in a polystyrene crate overnight and found in the morning the crate ripped apart and all the trout stolen - the culprits were Tasmanian Devils (http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=387) - cute but ravenous little critters much loved by Australians.

Here is another saga in my love/hate relationship with gouache. I love what others paint and hate what I do :confused:
This was from the photos provided by Joel on WDE - 21 x 15 cm


Critiques always appreciated.

06-22-2013, 03:40 AM
Saw that and am tempted Ros. :clap:

Gallery sitting today and my wasn't it cold. Not game enough to wet my hands let alone the nervous brushes.

06-22-2013, 04:59 AM
Nice job Ros I didn't checked there yet you should nt hate what you do it is nice
Annie why dont you try WDE it is a goodway to restart without having the pressure to have to do a masterpiece:angel:, hope cats are doing well in the austral winter

06-22-2013, 05:20 AM
Cats are hugging the fire Robert.

OK twice :clear:

06-22-2013, 08:24 AM
memory block here what is WDE?

06-22-2013, 09:23 AM
Looks good Roz, lovely trees.
Webles, wde stands for weekend drawing event. Starts every Friday with lots of interesting and lovely reference photos for anyone to draw or paint.

06-22-2013, 11:20 AM
You find the link on the Home page for Wet Canvas, Les.

Colourful roses, Lil, must have been nice to be in the gardens.

Good start back, Ros, I am 'on hiatus' too, busy with other things.

Hope to get back to some gouache soon.

06-22-2013, 05:07 PM
seems like everyone is busy with other things , Im doing a commision with pen and ink lots of intense concentration with that . Thanks for the info on the link, must find it , will look in a minute.

06-22-2013, 05:58 PM
Ros, love the colors you got and shapes of leaf areas, just beautiful!

06-22-2013, 07:07 PM
Ross I like your colours chosen , when first viewed I found myself leaning over to miss the trees , I think the trees should not lean so much , trees grow strait upwards to the light . It is a pleasant picture I like it .

06-26-2013, 05:00 PM
Hi there
I'm back from my holidays in Wales, didn't do much while I was away. Other years I've had days in the tent but this year we were out and about...beach...cliffs....etc....

I came back though and just did this for last weekend's WDE hosted by Jlloren. It is a composite form other refs. I couldn't resist the outstretched arms of the diver and the hiding fish.....

'Comin' At Ya (Gis A Hug)'
Hahnemule 300gsm wc paper
12" x 10"


Whilst away I visited Oriel Y Parc at St David's and saw an exhibition on landscape emotions and the British neo-romantics. I saw qwork by Blake, Sutherland and Piper to name but a few. Then in the gift shop/visitor centre they had an art materials sale so I bought a set of 10 x 14ml Winsor & Newton Gouache for 16... works out a lot cheaper than per tube. The only colours I already have were the Ultramarine and White, and the Ultramarine was ok because the one I already had was the W & N Green shade one..... so I was rather pleased at the find.

06-26-2013, 05:18 PM
Super job Lin.

Bargain paints!


06-26-2013, 06:27 PM
Great job on the swimmer Lin.
I guess it's like buying in bulk you get stuff slightly cheaper .

06-27-2013, 07:14 AM
I'm glad you got that bargain gouache and painted this beauty.

06-27-2013, 05:39 PM
Lovely scene Lin.

I'll concentrate on new refs for next month :thumbsup:

06-27-2013, 08:11 PM
Good job, rozzi! Beautiful trees and I agree that your gouache painting is much more vibrant and interesting than the watercolor.

Your diver is super, Lin. The bubbles are especially good.

06-28-2013, 07:10 AM
Annie, a sugestion for the next month. Rather than hunt up several images how about just one and put up the challenge to crop the photo - either just once or do several different paintings from it.

06-28-2013, 01:48 PM
Ok Ros. That sounds a good idea! :thumbsup: Thanks.:)

06-28-2013, 02:16 PM
Thank you all for comments...

If you need any refs for next month just inbox me with what you'd like I have 1000s of refs of all sorts as I am a keen photographer.

I've just uploaded a load to the RIL - just waiting approval

06-29-2013, 01:18 PM
Flying Home, A study of Asperatus clouds 9x11 gouache 140# cp

06-29-2013, 06:11 PM
Wow!!!!! Fred, this is wild. Love it.

07-01-2013, 02:06 AM
Those clouds are on fire - fantastic brush strokes.

07-01-2013, 09:54 AM
Lovely underwater, Lin! love the colour.

That's super, Fred! I almost missed the witch, suits the sky :) Wonderful action there.

07-01-2013, 12:09 PM
thanks all for positive feedback. looking forward to july

07-01-2013, 01:05 PM
Could u post a link to the July challenge please?

Happy Canada day to all the Canucks !!!!!!

07-01-2013, 01:07 PM
Here it is Les (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1322121). I made it a sticky.