Landscape exercise using gouache.

I visited my old school friends Mick and Gail last weekend in Kent, and although quite warm there was a feel of change in the air, and indeed this week all of a sudden autumn is definitely with  us.

I love the subtle change in colour as one season moves to the next, which I recorded in this landscape exercise.

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I began by using an old sketch.    Remember this is an excellent way to warm up.   There’s a sense of freedom about working on paper that has already been used.

This was the old sketch, which I turned upside down.   I will use this sketch as I would a colour ground…

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I am using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache for this exercise.    Gouache is opaque which means it can cover strong colours.       With a wet brush I add some Permanent white, and allow the colour underneath to be picked up and mixed with it.

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I am working the sky area in an energetic manner – again allowing the colour on the original sketch to blend into the white……

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Note the suggestion of blue hills on the right of picture and how I have lightened the sky above the hills and horizon line.

I then add light green and naples yellow into the foreground, and while the paint is wet, indicate dark trees and hedgerows.     There is no detail….it’s an impression, and I am working very quickly.

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Given that the sky reflects upon the land, I have taken some of the Naples Yellow into the sky so that the two elements of the picture, sky and land are interconnected.

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Final image.

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Regardless of my subject matter, or where I am painting, Magical Hummingbirds are always with me.    HummingbirdHQ.com

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Have a lovely weekend.

 

http://www.janetweightreed.co.uk

A Bientôt

21 thoughts on “Landscape exercise using gouache.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I became a fan of gouache about 15 years ago when I was working in my studio in Wales. It was one of those moments of being blocked, and so I decided to PLAY – and in the playing I mixed gouache with watercolour and loved the effect of the transparent with the opaque.
      The rest is history:) Janet. xxx

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