Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gouache Color Chart

I made this gouache color chart a couple of days after I made the watercolor chart. I have been battling sciatica pain the past few weeks and have not even made a doodle in my sketchbook and I even have new unopened brush pens sitting here, that is when you know I am not feeling well. Anyway, I have some medicine and appointments for chiropractors and physical therapy so I should be back on track soon.

From left to right Holbein Gouache, MBGI-WAP Gouache, M. Graham Gouache. After painting all of these swatches side by side I can really see a difference in quality of the cheap MBGI-WAP compared to the higher end brands. I have not been able to use the M. Graham enough to truly judge but I think I like their consistency and coverage the best and oooh that Payne's Gray!

This is a swatch of the M. Graham Payne's Gray, so beautiful when you add a touch of water to it. I can't wait to get back to painting and really get into these new colors!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Pink Cockatoo

The other day I was browsing through Amazon's Daily Deals when I came across a 15ml tube of Daniel Smith Lavender! I had been excited to try Daniel Smith watercolors for awhile because I always see other artists mentioning how beautiful they are. The price was the lowest I have seen for a tube of any color so I bought it. When it arrived I didn't really have an idea of what I was going to use it for so I just took out my little 5 inch book and painted part of the paper with it to see how it looked. It is beautiful in person, the scanner will never pick up the sparkle that this paint has. Later when I was browsing Pintrest I found a cute pink cockatoo that I wanted to paint in gouache. I thought it would look interesting on the lavender watercolor background and I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. My favorite part is making all of the detail lines with my thin brush to really bring the bird to life.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Color chart

Yesterday I decided to make a color chart that has all of my watercolors on one page so I can compare how they look dried. It is nice to have them all in one place on the same type of paper. The paper is Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Paper 140#. The watercolor sets I have from left to right top to bottom are:

Yarka - Jack Richeson - St. Petersburg - Set of 24

Derwent - Inktense  Blocks - Set of 12

Kuretake - Gansai Tambi - Set of 12

Sakura - Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box - Set of 12

Then I have a few tubes, 4 Winsor & Newton Cotman, 3 Grumbacher, and 1 Daniel Smith.

I can't believe how pale the Koi paints are in comparison, for 10 or more years they were the only watercolors I had and I thought they were amazing. I love the Yarka set, the quality of the paints are great and the palette is very easy to take everywhere but I do not like the thin plastic insert that holds the paints, it is starting to deteriorate. I just bought my first tube of Daniel Smith a couple of weeks ago, for some reason Daniel Smith Lavender was a daily deal on amazon, so I bought it and it is beautiful! It almost has a sparkle to it.

I put my brushes in the photo so you could see what I use. They are a set of Handmade Modern from Target, the whole set was only $19 but they are great quality for that price. It was a great way for me to try out a lot of brushes without spending a ton of money. Right now I am in love with the brush they call a "rigger". It is perfect for fine details on feathers, fur, or bearded dragon spikes. I tend to get caught up in the details since that brush is so fun to use.

I wish I had thought of making a color chart sooner, it is nice to see all of the different paints I have to choose from in one place. I am going to do the same thing with all of my gouache when I get a chance.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

When I don't know what to draw I can always pick something that is just laying around the house, we have a lot of antiques and odd things that I forget other people are not accustomed to seeing like my vintage microscope in the dinning room or the big bass drum that sits in the living room.

This is my favorite cup to drink hot tea out of. It is from, well lets call it my orange period, where my bedroom was bright orange and most objects I bought were orange. I bought it at Starbucks long ago. This is gouache in my big sketchbook, quick and sloppy. I haven't been painting in my 5 inch square book each day like I was supposed to, need to get back on that!

Sunday, July 29, 2018


We watched the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie which was really interesting and weird. There was a Cerberus character (3 headed dog) on there that got me thinking, what if Cerberus was a chihuahua. Could that little body even hold up three big apple heads, there would be so much quivering and so many teeth. If you had a bag of pupparoni he would let you pass no problem. (It is the key to every chi's heart) This is painted in gouache with magazine clippings taped around it, so a mixed media piece in my little 5 inch book.

Saturday, July 28, 2018


A parakeet in gouache in my 5 inch square hand book. I really enjoy painting birds, and I love all of the colors that parakeets come in. I got a lot done that day!

Friday, July 27, 2018

I found this picture of a basset hound dressed for the 4th of July in a magazine and thought it was pretty silly so I gave him a top had instead. Can't say he really looks any happier about that. Painted in gouache in my 5 inch book.