Gouache Paintings - 2019 Edition

Earlier this year I decided to go on a whim and take a class that taught plein air painting, mainly using gouache as a medium. Truth be told, I had never used it before, except for one time - and that was an absolute disaster. But over the semester, as I got accustomed to the paint, brushes, wind and all the things you don't have to deal with inside your house at your desk, I found I really loved it. So these are the a few of the pieces that I did that I think are my most successful. I hope to do many more of these over 2020 as I learned a lot from these, almost more than any other painting class.

This was painted off the coast of Corona del Mar.  There's a large rock out there that all of the bird like to go s(h)it on.  Painting the water there was so much fun, the teal blue-greens would only appear briefly so I tried my best to capture it.

This was painted off the coast of Corona del Mar. There's a large rock out there that all of the bird like to go s(h)it on. Painting the water there was so much fun, the teal blue-greens would only appear briefly so I tried my best to capture it.

Painted at Bixby ranch.  I was walking around and came across a section of the gardens that the last bit of sun was still touching, so I frantically tried to paint it before it was gone.

Painted at Bixby ranch. I was walking around and came across a section of the gardens that the last bit of sun was still touching, so I frantically tried to paint it before it was gone.

Irvine Spectrum.  This is probably one of the more still environments that I painted.  We were still using a zorn palette at this point I believe.

Irvine Spectrum. This is probably one of the more still environments that I painted. We were still using a zorn palette at this point I believe.

Laguna Canyon.  I think this was the first piece that I really felt like I had a breakthrough even though I struggled because we switched up the palette on this one.

Laguna Canyon. I think this was the first piece that I really felt like I had a breakthrough even though I struggled because we switched up the palette on this one.

Also Laguna Canyon, right at the beginning of the trailhead.

Also Laguna Canyon, right at the beginning of the trailhead.

Laguna Canyon.  I really like this one, I dunno why.  I think it's the way the light hits the boulder.

Laguna Canyon. I really like this one, I dunno why. I think it's the way the light hits the boulder.

Japanese pagoda in San Fransisco.  I went to GDC this year and got to stop and paint this, which was a challenge! Paint and perspective mistakes are not friends!

Japanese pagoda in San Fransisco. I went to GDC this year and got to stop and paint this, which was a challenge! Paint and perspective mistakes are not friends!

So this one is probably the least "real" out of all of them, not just because it has dragons in it, but because we were tasked with creating a landscape based off of one of our previous paintings.  This one is based off the 1st photo!

So this one is probably the least "real" out of all of them, not just because it has dragons in it, but because we were tasked with creating a landscape based off of one of our previous paintings. This one is based off the 1st photo!