The neighborhood journey and working with gouache continues

These sketching projects are proving to be entertaining and challenging, a good thing for art. After doing the sketch of Nic’s Barbershop with gouache I have decided to finish the “neighborhood journey” project all in gouache. As Marie of Expeditionary art says, “practice not perfection.” But with practice you do get better, so onward.

One of the small benefits of the shut down is that many are walking the cart paths at the golf course here in Harbour Pointe, which is just across the street. Last week I walked near a hole with an amazing view of Puget Sound, snapped a photo, here is the painting.

Gouache has a feel much more like the Acrylic paint I use on canvas, which I like. It takes longer than watercolor, not sure if that is me figuring things out more that come instinctively with watercolor, time will tell. I do like the process of working dark to light, again that is more like my acrylic painting. Like yesterday I used watercolor for the sky and the water. And did a touch of highlighting with a gel pen.

Oh, nobody has commented about the orange and black tool in the Nic’s Barbershop blog, any curiosity out there? It is something you might find helpful.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. David Buehler says:

    I responded on your blog. Based on my drafting experience that looks like a Perspective Compass (probably not the correct name) but it looks like a compass that you would measure something in the foreground and then use the shorter legs to make for an accurate length in the background. That’s my guess.


  2. David Buehler says:

    It took some searching but I basically surmised what it was used for. It is officially called a Proportional Divider. I like challenges like this. My WWII magazine has a Challenge in each issue where you are supposed to pick out the historical inaccuracy retouched into the photograph. I love trying to suss it out.

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    1. Yes, a proportional divider. It helps when sketching a building or something that needs to have lengths right, it keeps all of your measurements in the same proportion, as long as you hold it the same distance from your eye each time. Also helps if you are sketching from a photo.


  3. David Buehler says:

    Aha, so a little draughtsman (English spelling) experience helped with the artist’s tools. Thanks…


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