|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|
|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|