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10-01-2013, 04:27 AM
As ABA said, whatever rocks my socks. He may not have said quite that, but whatever.

To get us going, and me, I perused my photo file ... yellow rose .. nothing if not literal am I :lol:


Then ... the apps. Tropical grafted apple trees. Nothing you buy from the iStore thing.


AND... simply cannot do without the guava eater. We are spoiling his meal.


Then for seascapes ... Cape Leeuwin. Check the water level. I think it is right but the tip of the land causes the eye problems. It is the most westerly tip of our continent and the meeting of the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean.


What ever you paint, paint it in gouache and show it here. These are just for inspiration.

I shall show last months great unfinished shortly and then great finished soon. :lol:

Have fun gouacheros!:thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
10-01-2013, 05:25 PM
Mmmm, love the photo of the rose, Annie. Thanks for taking the reins. I HOPE to find painting time.... And I know the gang will join in !

Here's another inspirational one from me. It's sunflower season in New Mexico!


10-02-2013, 12:24 AM
Simply gorgeous Deb. :thumbsup:

10-03-2013, 08:31 AM
Beautiful refs this time around - I like what rocks the socks of you both!

I am not pleased with this but here it is. It will likely be my only contribution this month and I may not even be able to pop in to see any other art. But I want to wish everyone happy painting!


10-03-2013, 11:44 AM
I like the ref's Annie, especially the Cape one, those rocks look like an interesting challenge! Lots on my plate this month, but may get there.

That's a gorgeous sunflower, Deborah, I have one half done....may inspire me to finish it :)

Sweet fawn, ABA!

10-03-2013, 03:32 PM
Lovely references Annie and Deb Hope I can find time for it
cute fawn ABA
Hi Lyn you have changed you avatar


10-03-2013, 10:37 PM
Hi all. Thanks Annie for getting the ball rolling and the pics - and Deborah too.
I am out of range more than in. Have to drive more than 50 k to get coverage in this big country of ours, but relaxing on a pristine beach - Ningaloo and Cape Range National Park. Google it - its amazing. I have done a couple of feeble little scenes I can contribute when I have better coverage and not using this tablet. But ... I will be back!! I miss this forum.
Gorgeous little fawn ABA.

10-04-2013, 02:00 AM
ABA lovely faun!

Roamin' Rozzi, good of you to check in :heart: :envy: for where you are :lol: :heart:

10-06-2013, 01:02 PM
Hi Ros sitll on the road so many memories I bet how many Gigas of photos yet lol have fun

Ok I did this today for this week wde From a photo by Mary"missswiss"

size 10 cm x 20 cm on a kind of scapbooking paper less than two hours

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2013/[email protected]

10-06-2013, 04:12 PM
Very nice indeed Robert.:thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
10-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Just saw this post on James Gurney's blog about gouache: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/painting-into-soup.html
Interesting technique!

Love the fawn, ABA, and your snowy birds, Robert!

Glad you can visit now and again, Ros.

I'm dreaming of painting....only dreaming. <sigh>

10-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Heres my great unfinished which I hope will be finished by tomorrow.


Quite a ways to go yet :angel:

10-08-2013, 01:25 AM
Great start Annie it seems that the spring coming takes you out of hibernation:angel:

10-08-2013, 08:48 AM
Lovely little bird, Robert! would make a great card.

Wonderful start, Annie, I can hear the conversation already. Glad you are painting :)

Nice to see you check in, Ros, looking forward to seeing some of your work when you get back.

Thanks for that link,. Deborah, very interesting! and quite doable. I would think you could work into it when a bit damp, too, for more mist?

10-11-2013, 05:22 AM
Hi All, I said I'd be back - better access where we are at present so I can upload. Here are a few quick ATCs I've done along the way. Only one plein air - the rest from my photos. Plein air is way out of my comfort zone unless I have shade, a chair, the right lighting, etc. Poor excuses I know.





This last one is about 1/8 sheet, painted at the beach where we were camped.


I have managed to learn how to save WC pages on my tablet to read offline. Probably elementry to others but without a teenager to show me how I have to nut it out myself.

Great start Annie - looks super already.

Robert - love your little snow birds - and yes - lots of photos.

10-12-2013, 03:15 AM
Ros, beautiful work. The pool is gorgeous and for where you were camped :envy: :thumbsup:

10-16-2013, 12:22 PM
Well done Ros the last one is gorgeous

10-20-2013, 01:06 AM
Hi everyone!
Recently I was caught by acrylics and almost forgot about my favorite paint :) But today I've finally taken my jars of gouache from under cover.



10-20-2013, 06:32 AM
I like that bird feeder, Robert, but it reminds me that winter is coming soon!

Annie, has "tomorrow" arrived yet? Your painting so far looks great.

Roz, I like all of your atc's, especially that last one, and your beach painting is really nice.

Alex, I'm so glad you're back with gouache - that tree really pops with that bit of blue around it.

Please, everyone, may we have some more?

10-20-2013, 11:23 AM
Those are all lovely, Ros! really like your plein aire, glad you are able to post.

Nice one Alex, love the colours!

No gouache for me right now, busy with course paintings.

10-20-2013, 04:55 PM
ABA and Lynn, thank you.


10-23-2013, 12:53 AM
Well done Alex

10-23-2013, 03:27 AM
Thank you Robert.

My new attempt on my gouache journey:



10-23-2013, 03:48 AM
Nice work Alex, love the sun on the grass.


10-23-2013, 04:17 AM
Doug, thank you.


10-23-2013, 10:57 AM
SUPER FANTASTIC works here! I love the look of gouache and you are all so talented using it.:thumbsup:

10-24-2013, 02:51 PM
For some odd bizarre reason I didn't check in here. I usually without exception check my favourite forums for new challenges on 1st of eachmonth and then post so I get the thread highlighted. I just realised we are almost all the way through October and I've only just found this!!!!!!

I've had a pretty difficult month to be honest with a week of hospital tests and a week of recovering and before I knew it was week 3.

I have managed to finish off a gouache tis month that I started a few weeks ago and was looking for the updates to find the thread to post my work.

'Carnavale II - (In blue & gold)'
300gsm CP Hahnemühle wc paper
QTR Imp Sheet
Another of my series of masks in Gouache.
I enjoyed doing this one in blue & golds.
Finished Oct 2013


I do like these refs and will try to do one but I cannot guarantee to get it done by next Thursday. This month has just sped by.

10-24-2013, 03:04 PM
Wonderful work Lin best health wishes

10-25-2013, 07:12 AM
Beautiful inspirational photography..I am also a gouachero...lol...I am a newbie by the way. I am not learning it from anyone niether taking classes. Just doing it out of passion. I am stuck with blending. I mean you know you have to blend the different color boundries to make it look like one, I mean to make it look like as a 'whole' and not parts, you blend the lines/boundries. Can anyone help me with this please? I need practice o n that. But with guidance.
will appreciate any support.
Sabeen :)

10-25-2013, 11:14 AM
sabeen - keeping the paper wet will help. I ill drop colour into one are and then the adjacent area while paper is still wet.

10-27-2013, 10:38 AM
Finally got around to doing something for this month.
I bought some generic 300gsm wc paper and I'm not happy with it. It cockles easily and when totally wet bits come up off it!! Had a lot of trouble making a nice even background wash,.

Oh those GREENS - nearly drove me mad trying to differentiate between leaves and bird.

A4 300gsm wc paper


10-27-2013, 05:14 PM
Hi all

ABA, tomorrow hasn't arrived :lol: :eek: Does it ever?

Alex, just love your landscapes. Light and delicious colour.

Lin, your mask is just WOW!! Love your king parrot too. You got his expression well.

Sabeen, welcome. There is a Gouache Corner Archive that is worth looking through. There are some tips on blending.

I've asked Doug to extend this months corner into November. In that way "tomorrow" may arrive. :rolleyes:

10-30-2013, 07:54 PM
Hi citizens of gouache corner! I have been absent since apparently LAST October, wow time has flown. I have been continuing to practice gouache, in both plein aire and from-photos. Last month I started easing back in to plein aire in oil, but won't be giving up gouache.

I tried to post a picture of recent work but couldn't figure it out on my ipad.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to catching up on everybody's work, and hope you have all been well. Betty

11-01-2013, 06:08 AM
I'd like to follow that road in your painting, Alex, I'm really liking your gouache journey!

Lyn! Your mask turned out super! This will make a wonderful series. The parrot is still nice even though you didn't like the paper.

I had eye surgery this month and still don't have good close vision but I couldn't wait to paint something. The OH says this looks a little patchy but I couldn't fix it then lost interest. The ref is from MorgueFile.


11-03-2013, 02:16 AM
Looks pretty darn good from here ABA :thumbsup: Cardinal ?

11-03-2013, 02:40 AM
Some great posts here of late.

I was astonished to see my first Cardinal in Michigan, such bright birds!


11-03-2013, 09:51 PM

This was plein aire gouache at Devil's Tower, Wyoming this summer. Had some struggle with the foreground. The clouds look invented but really were like that when I started :wave:

11-04-2013, 12:41 AM
Wonderful plein air Betty. Must be a fantastic sight.


11-04-2013, 02:57 PM
Wonderful work Betty!

Deborah Secor
11-09-2013, 12:26 PM
Hi all! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I've just been sick with a virus that is finally abating.

Believe it or not, I actually painted a bit yesterday... Now, I have nothing to show, but the brushes were wet and there is an image on paper, which is a huge step forward for me at the moment. :wink2: I used one of the summer river pics that I shared months ago and changed it to fall, to varying degrees of success. Mostly not so much. :lol:

ASAP I'll share, but after months of not painting you don't want to see what I've done, trust me. Abysmal! It only reinforces what I know is true: practice is important! Perhaps vital. It's nice to have the muscles moving again. :D

I've loved seeing the works here and I hope folks continue to show them!!

I'll try to be here a bit more now that I'm feeling a little better! :wave:

11-09-2013, 12:31 PM
(((Deborah))) hope you are fit and well soon. I can't imagine you painting a bad picture.


Deborah Secor
11-09-2013, 12:57 PM
:lol: Doug, thanks. Trust me, I've painted my share of "bad"! It's all part of the learning curve, and sometimes the old muscles need to be reminded, especially the brain muscle.

Deborah Secor
11-10-2013, 04:43 PM
Okay, I played some more, so I'll share my steps. Waaaaaaay out of practice.

2.5" x 3.5" on Bristol vellum:





Eh, not thrilled. The color seems a bit muddy, but for a restart after a hiatus, okaaaay. :p :cool:

11-11-2013, 02:05 AM
I don't know about muddy Deb. It is a light filled glorious scene.:clap: :clap: :clap:

11-11-2013, 02:26 AM
Wonderful autumn colours Deborah. Good to see your paintings again.

Glad to hear you are feeling better.


Deborah Secor
11-11-2013, 01:38 PM
You both are too kind! The trees are okay, but the grasses got ooky (technical term) and the Russian Olives that grow along the banks are the wrong color, but hey, it was good to feel better and paint some more.

Where is everyone??? Kinda quiet here, isn't it?

11-15-2013, 02:29 PM
Nice birds paintings Lin and ABA
Very good landscape Betty
Nice to see you back Deborah great job lovely colorful painting mud must be under water I do not see it
:cat: :cat: :cat:

Deborah Secor
11-21-2013, 06:16 PM
My usual 2.5" x 3.5", on Arches 300 cp.


And for scale:


11-22-2013, 03:04 AM
Usual genius Deb :thumbsup: :clap:

Deborah Secor
11-22-2013, 10:58 AM
Aw, Annie, you're too kind!

11-25-2013, 01:51 AM
Hi all, :wave:
we have finally made it back home - although not into our own house til the tenants vacate in a week. It will take me some time to unpack our stuff from storage and get my studio up and running again but I am back on line at present and will be able to participate more in the future. It's good to be back.
Yay!!! I have learnt how to resize and post from my tablet - but not how to show exact size

It's good to see you back with your gorgeous paintings Deborah - and Betty as well :thumbsup:
Great paintings also Lin and Alex - I did enjoy peeking in along the way.
Now we just need Annie and Robert and a few of the others on board :D

These are some small gouache quick sketches from Tasmania earlier in the year - from my travel journal with paper of unknown origin.


They really are tiny images but I haven't worked out how to make them smaller on screen

Edit - well that worked from the tablet - at least I know I can do it now :wink2:

11-25-2013, 02:54 AM
Beautiful sketches Ros :clap:

Incidentally what kind of tablet are you using?


11-25-2013, 04:36 AM
Thanks Doug, it's an Aust made one - Amicroe. Didnt think they even made them here :lol: Hadn't really intended to buy one and didnt know what use it would be but they were so cheap I couldn't resist and now I am hooked. Perfect for travel :D

11-25-2013, 09:12 AM
Always love your paintings Deb and glad you are finally feeling much better. Sorry I haven't been using my guache paints lately but will again.

Deborah Secor
11-25-2013, 11:06 AM
Ros, welcome back and what fun!!! I love the lavender fields, and the robin--oh well, all of them, of course! That T. devil looks so fierce! What a great way to record your travels. I hope you're sharing over in the Art Journals forum, too.

Lil, thanks. :D Yes, I hope you do get your gouache out again...

I'm crafting Christmas gifts, so the paints have dried, but I WANT to get them wet again now... So, soon there will be more to show. I hope. We have Thanksgiving this week (FYI, for the non-Americans) and then the madness begins around here, but we're trying to keep it simple.

Deborah Secor
11-26-2013, 05:34 PM


Two more, since I had some time to paint today. They're both my usual ATC size and this time on Arches 300 C/P.

Man, it sure is quiet here. ANNIE? Doug? Aren't you guys painting? Hal? Debra? Anyone? Just me and Ros, lately, and Betty, ABA, Lin, Alex, Robert last month... Alex, I've seen "guaŝo" paintings on FB. Isn't that gouache? Share!! :D :wave:

11-26-2013, 05:37 PM
Two more beauties Deborah.

Sorry, I just can't get motivated. Must try harder.


11-26-2013, 07:48 PM
Gorgeous landscapes Deborah - love your work.
Ha! It looks like just you and me - but then even I am not really painting at this time - just posting some sketches from my trip. Hopefully next month I can do a bit in the evenings if I'm not too tired. These are all tiny once again - painted in the NW of A us.

11-27-2013, 02:02 AM
Hi everyone! :)

Deborah, glad to see again your paintings here.
Ros, very interesting sketches. They are nice to view on. :)

Yes, Deborah, guaŝo is gouache :)

Two my new paintings here:




11-27-2013, 02:28 AM
Beautiful series Deborah
Wow Ros time flies I remember when you were about to leave I bet you have wonderful memories and nice to be home and comfy you came back with lovely sketches that will make a nice trip reminder
Nice winterscape Alex I love the light in the last one

I didnt give up gouache but I hve been very busy lately plus trying othe mediums too Hopefuly I ll be back more often soon

Hi to all gouacheros:wave:

11-27-2013, 03:15 AM
More lovely sketches Ros.

Wonderful chilly winter scene Alex.

Must get my gouache organised again. I think I'll try them in my stay wet palette. They tend to dry up and fall off my ceramic palette. i would love to get using them again, they make painting complicated scenes so easy.


11-27-2013, 03:15 AM
Ros, travel sketches are fresh and REAL.

Deborah, your latests are just inspirationally perfect.

Alex, love your landscapes.

For me? just not in the mood to paint. Life, and recovery from, gets in the way. No dramas. just the muse has fled. Mind you if I got rid of the cobwebs in my studio all would be well. Will try.

11-27-2013, 05:39 AM
Enjoying you're work Hilex nice freshness to the paintings you do.

11-27-2013, 05:42 AM
Okay, I played some more, so I'll share my steps. Waaaaaaay out of practice.

2.5" x 3.5" on Bristol vellum:





Eh, not thrilled. The color seems a bit muddy, but for a restart after a hiatus, okaaaay. :p :cool:

Greatttttt work :thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
11-29-2013, 10:53 PM
Auuuuugh! Just typed out a ton and LOST it all! Maybe tomorrow I'll recreate the missing sentiments here, but trust me I said a lotta nice things! :smug:

Sunday is the new month. Anyone interested in sharing photos to paint, or are we happy with the "do your own thing" thing?

Let's talk... See ya in the morning! :wave:

12-01-2013, 07:31 AM
Great paintings, very expressive brushwork Alex. I am so impressed that you do these A2 size - I can only manage small stuff - maybe when I am set up again I'll have to try larger.

:wave: Robert, Annie and Doug - I miss seeing your paintings here.
Doug, I have tried rewetting dried tube gouache with not great success - I get much better results with Caran Darch pan gouache - rewets easily to a good consistency.

Deborah - I'm happy to go along with doing your own thing. I do have lots of photos to share when I move back into my studio and get set up again. At least it will be cobweb free :lol:

Deborah Secor
12-01-2013, 03:57 PM
Ros, showing new work we've never seen counts! Love these, especially the last one. It looks a lot like New Mexico.

Alex, they're both excellent. The grassy strokes are so effective, and the snowy tree particularly glows.

Robert, slide the gouache closer to your easel so it tempts you... Miss seeing your work here!

Annie, I hope the winds of change blow and you find the inspiration to paint. I always found that I had to paint THROUGH those lulls in inspiration.

Merritt, thank you very much!

Join us on the new month's thread... (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1336431) I posted an inspirational photo for you. :wave: