Sunday, January 20, 2008
'County Road 75' - 4.5x6.5 - gouache
I just did one little study today. It's very blue, very cold hovering around 0'F. See, that's why blue is a 'cool' color! Makes sense. If you stick your hand out the window it will turn blue proving the point.
I'm going to be on a search for the 'perfect' paper now. This one is nice but it's not at all absorbent. I need a paper that will soak up the moisture fast and cause the paint to drag, adding a little texture. On this paper the paint just glides on without any grab to it. So the paper hunt will start. I think that Canson makes a sketch book of gray paper, and I know Sennelier 'did' and maybe still does. Today I decided to take out my trusty old Robert Wood watercolor palette that has been full of Gouache for about 15 years or so. In art school we used an enamel butcher tray, the same kind that butchers used to use. I still have mine but they're not available anymore. There is one available but it's not the real heavy duty type from back then, the type with the sloped sides. These things are great palettes and if you find one at a flea market you might think about trying it out. None the less, the R.Wood palette works great and comes with a lid. To free my hands up in the cramped space of the truck, I used a 2" spring clamp from the home supply store and clamped the sketch book to the steering wheel. It's a ready made easel.
Posted by Marc R. Hanson at 4:09 PM