Friday, August 5, 2016

Pheasant Branch August 4th

Tracy and a very nice view of the prairie and hill
Joan painting despite pesky insects
Elizabeth and Darya packing up
Siraj on the edge of the prairie
Doug sketching
Gouache in my new sketchbook painted the evening after
Tom and Queen Anne's Lace

We had a great turnout for our most recent paint date but not such great weather. I think I counted 9 painters and one was new to the group (Welcome Noel!). A thunderstorm cut the painting time short but there were some dramatic stormy skies to paint and the prairies are in bloom. I went back this evening to try out a new sketchbook with gouache.  It was recommended on James Gurney's blog and I loved painting on this paper.  It's a Strathmore 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch hardbound journal with 400 series 140lb watercolor paper. It lays nice and flat so it's easy to do a 2 page spread.  Dick Blick offers a substantial discount.  I have the Strathmore wirebound Artist Journal with 140 lb watercolor paper and did not care much for that paper but this is totally different and very nice for gouache or watercolor. Just after I finished the painting there was the spectacular sunset that we had wished for yesterday.
The approaching storm


  1. It's a beautiful gouache sketch. I was thinking of coming back today, but the mosquito bites from last night are still quite raw! :-)

    1. Thanks, Darya - I could not be out there without insect repellent. There are some mean skeeters out there!

  2. Your gouche sketch is great. I want to see it in your sketch book one of these days.

  3. Thanks, Tom - I will be sure to bring it next time.