How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache

The beach has been the backdrop of my life. It’s where I was born and raised, played, worked as a lifeguard…and now enjoy summer days with my family. I spend a lot of time learning and practicing capturing the ocean in watercolor. Download the full  “Waterscape Seascape Painting Tutorial,” in my Etsy shop. How to PaintContinue reading “How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache”

Painting the Ocean with White Gouache

As I wrote about in my last post, I began painting the ocean in January. As is customary with watercolor, I was leaving the white of the paper bare for the white areas of my painting or I would remove paint with a damp brush or blot with a towel. This preplanning of what areasContinue reading “Painting the Ocean with White Gouache”

Learning by painting every day

I’m still amazed that painting every day is such a learning process. Some days of course aren’t great and/or they don’t yield great results, but other days I try things and learn so much, make so much progress – regardless of what the final result is. I guess when you create every day, you’re pickingContinue reading “Learning by painting every day”

11 art supplies I can’t paint without!

Painting Essentials: Canson Multimedia sketchbook. Love the thicker paper in this sketchbook. I can add watercolor without the pages buckling. Fluid Cold Press watercolor paper. I especially love the square shape of this high quality thick watercolor paper! Uniball signo 207 bold gel pen. I love how smooth these pens are when I want toContinue reading “11 art supplies I can’t paint without!”

Snow

Day 14 of the Christmas countdown. Here in NY the forecast is for a couple of bitter cold days. I would much prefer some snow! I’ve been using my gouache paints to create the night sky and the snow. It’s thicker than watercolor. See yesterday’s sky here. Marion painted an adorable snow scene here. CheckContinue reading “Snow”

Wreath with a polar bear

…or is it a polar bear with a wreath? 😂 Day 2 Christmas countdown. Here is the creative prompt list if you’d like to join in. All mediums are welcome! Use hashtag #adventmcr when posting. Marion is following along – see her day 2 drawing here.

Starting the year off right with a painting.

It felt so good, to set up yesterday – take my paints out, tape down the paper, fill the water – just go through the process. I’ve missed it. I’ve painted only sporadically during the holiday season. Setting up is kind of a calming. I had no idea what I wanted to paint, I just knew I wanted to getContinue reading “Starting the year off right with a painting.”

Painting Winter with Gouache

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reaching for the gouache paints. It started somewhat unintentionally when I decided to paint a nighttime snowy sky. At first I thought, I thought I had to keep the snow areas white (paper), so I was leaving white circles as I painted the black sky. Which was tedious! IContinue reading “Painting Winter with Gouache”

A morning dedicated to painting outside :)

It’s officially Summer and the kids are home, which totally throws off my routine. As I struggle to get a new schedule together, a priority is having time to paint and draw. The other morning I dedicated to painting, and because it was so nice out, I set up on my back patio. It felt great!Continue reading “A morning dedicated to painting outside :)”

A Sunset and Gouache Paints

I’ve wanted to try gouache paints for a long time. Since reading about Illustrators who used them, and having no idea what they were. [Gouache paints are opaque watercolors.*] Two months ago I bought a little box of paints to try, but still hadn’t opened them! The other day on a whim, I decided to give themContinue reading “A Sunset and Gouache Paints”