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Old Tex
07-10-2007, 11:53 PM
Went exploring Saturday and found a rural park not far from where I live. Took some reference photos, came back home and jumped in. This is one of three done so far. Cross-posted in Landscapes. C&C welcome as always.

Gouache 8x10

Rose Queen
07-11-2007, 12:19 AM
Wowser! I love the brush strokes in this one and the fresh greens! :thumbsup:

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Old Tex
07-11-2007, 09:13 AM
Hey Diana, thanks! I'm headed in the direction I want to go, I think. And I continue to work on the greens. I really appreciate your comments!

07-11-2007, 09:27 AM
I really like this one, the variation of the dark and light passages work so well.

07-11-2007, 09:53 AM
The brush strokes lead me up and to the background.
Nice, but why do I see sphinx-like shapes in the bacground trees ? I would prefer to walk straight through the "arch" and not be distracted. The left part of the background needs a re-think...maybe.
Kind regards,

Old Tex
07-11-2007, 01:15 PM
Ken, thanks! I really appreciate it.

Eggy, thanks for looking, and for your observations. I always appreciate another viewpoint.

07-11-2007, 06:18 PM
Great one! Love how the far trees fade into the sky, the detailed growth up the trunk, the brushstrokes in the road, and the blue in the shadows.

At first, the fact that the left-hand tree comes so close to the top & side edges made me feel a bit of tension. But the more I look, the more I think it works really well that way. You've done an excellent job locating the left trunk and the arch, composition-wise.


Old Tex
07-12-2007, 09:03 AM
Thanks, Meg! This was fun.

maggie latham
07-16-2007, 07:33 PM
Lovely colors and loose brushwork. The darks really make the paler colors pop.
Did you use your bristle brush for this one?

Old Tex
07-16-2007, 10:33 PM
Thanks, Maggie. I started with a 1/2" wash, then went to my two favorites: a #6 flat bristle, and #3 round bristle (both cheapos). Some of the smaller foliage details around the arch were done with a liner.

02-17-2008, 02:08 PM
Wow. I love this, and so did my wife, whom I just had to show it to. You are getting some excellent painterly effects in your gouache work. I am a transparent watercolorist-in-training (have a bunch of posts over in the Watercolor fora), but I also have an interest in gouache for the more opaque effects without the negatives of oil.

I'm finding it hard to find instruction on gouache technique (though I have just ordered a couple of books on gouache from Amazon). How did come by your technique?

I (and I'm sure many others) would really appreciate it if you'd post a step-by-step sometime so that those of us that are learning could see how a gouache painting progresses. I'm having a very hard time mapping my watercolor habits to gouache.

Thanks, and keep on posting...

Old Tex
02-18-2008, 09:16 AM
Hi Mike,

I really appreciate your kind comments. Although I've never used oils, I think I'm basically an oil painter at heart. So, as I started painting with gouache, I started out looking for the oil painting appearance. Doesn't always happen, but I prefer the brushwork and soft edges. I've not found much in the way of examples of that in gouache, so I've just been finding my own way.

I did post a step-by-step a few months ago, although it still has more of a transparent watercolor look.


I've also got some comments "About Gouache" on my website. I occasionally start out trying to take progress photos, but find myself getting involved and moving along so quickly that I forget to take the photos. I'll try to do another one sometime soon.

Again, thanks for the nice comments.

02-18-2008, 06:49 PM
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the link to your previous WIP article. It was great to see/read, and I'll be referring to it in the future. I can relate to getting lost in the painting and forgetting to take photos as you go along -- I've done that a few times myself. I had also visited your site before replying to your post. Good stuff.

Just know that you have a keen audience for future WIPs, if you ever get the itch again :).

FYI, for everyone here, I found a site that has some just tremendous gouache work on it. The artist is amazingly talented, and also gets a very painterly effect in gouache:


02-22-2008, 10:50 AM
This is fantastic in every way. Bravo!!