Tag Archives: Gouache

Gordon Shows Us How He Paints

I admire the exuberance and humor in the paintings of a local artist, Gordon Bashant. He uses primary colors, black outlines, calligraphy, strong values, and halos. It gives his work a boisterous happy feeling that I would like my own … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus Grove in the Rain

My cousin Ann Lewis, who is an amazing plein air painter, visited me this past weekend. The weather was stormy but with only three days to paint together, we could not let the wild weather stop us from going out … Continue reading

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Spring at EL Monte County Park

Spring at El Monte Park I drove 40-minutes into the hills to El Monte County Park and painted the granite peaks above the valley floor. Although the spring shine gave a greenish cast to the area, the dominant feature was … Continue reading

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Spring Green

After a week of rain, it was spring today in San Diego. I went over to Torrey Pines expecting to paint the sea, but the tide was so high that the beach was closed. Instead, I painted a view of … Continue reading

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A Los Peñasquitos Morning

This small abstract of the landscape near Los Peñasquitos was done on white watercolor paper that I had prepared ahead of time with a stripe across the bottom of yellow ochre casein. When I was at Los Peñasquitos, I used … Continue reading

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Three Twenty-Minute Sketches

This morning I sketched with the San Diego Watercolor Society. It is not obvious, but each of the sketches above is based on the same creative model. She had a magenta scarf, and wrapped it around her head, wore it … Continue reading

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A Gardening Lesson

I went to the cactus garden at Balboa Park expecting to paint cactus. Instead, I was taken by a school group learning about public gardens. I watched them awhile and liked the way the students leaned forward as they listened … Continue reading

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