#Artober 9: Birch Forest!

I really like this one! It’s definitely my favorite Artober painting so far. It’s 5×7 gouache on watercolor paper, based on this photo from Unsplash, my favorite source of free-to-use images.

I painted this one at work, and I’ll probably hang it there. It’s an example of what I want to do with my painting classes – what I hope I’ll get to do next year. Acrylics are most approachable, but I find more watery mediums easier to work with, and gouache (especially the acrylic variety) is far less intimidating than watercolor.

img_9025In other interesting news, I got this book today. I preordered it from Our Amazonian Overlords around March when it was announced but forgot about it until I got a shipment notification the other day. I’m super excited. It weighs in at a whopping 700 pages, so it’ll take a while to read. I hope it’s better than his last novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which I didn’t especially like.

Now, to descend into the world of kittehs and wells.

#Artober 5: Waterlilies!

Here’s another work painting. This time, it’s for a series of children’s art programs I’m planning early next year. They’ll learn about an artist and how he worked, and then they’ll produce their own art based on that artist’s work. First up is Monet. A few months ago, I ran across this blog post about a school art program in which students learned to paint Monet’s waterlilies. It’s been high on my list for months, but it’s been eclipsed by Revel preparations. Now that the Revel is almost over (come on, Sunday!), I can get back to my regular business, which has to be done quickly because I can’t order anything after November 10 until January.

The kids will be painting on small canvases with acrylics, but I didn’t have the right size canvas or the right colors at work, so I opted for gouache on watercolor paper. Gouache is a lot more portable than acrylics, and I like it better for smaller formats. I followed this tutorial on YouTube, which the blog post suggested.

I’m happy enough with this painting, though the more I look at it, the less happy I am with the top reflection. The paint was too well blended. That part is much easier with heavy body acrylics, so I might try it again with those.

It’s #Artober 1!

Yeah, it’s technically Inktober 1, but as I’m not particularly a fan of ink (or drawing), I try to create one piece of art every day in the medium of my choice. We’ll see how it goes, as this is terrible timing: the Red River Revel started last Saturday and goes through next Sunday, so I’m super duper busy and exhausted when I’m not working. I’ll write a post about that soon.

Here’s my painting for today. 4×6 acrylic gouache on 140 lb watercolor paper. It’s loosely based on this photo I took a couple of weeks ago:

I’m okay with it. I’m trying to stay realistic by keeping my sessions under an hour. This one took about 45 minutes.

Wish me luck!