Friday, February 12, 2010


I have worked a few more hours on my Platte River gouache painting. It is coming along pretty slow but that is O K I am not in any hurry with this painting in that way. I didn't like the size of my Buck Deer against the cottonwoods so I spent most of my time enlarging him. I think it is looking a lot better now. I had taken a paper towel wet but not dripping and wiped out the deer and some of the immediate background. repainted him back in to the size I wanted paying close attention as to the wetness of the paint. I didn't want to get it very wet or work the paint at all or I would have picked up the underlying colors and it would have turned to mud. Is best to just put the paint on and leave it. If not right wait to let it dry and then another nearly drybrush application over that until I got it to where I want it-at least for now.

7 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Gary, are you talking about two different paintings now? I don't see the deer in this piece in the photo...Then again, I've just come home from having the old eyes dilated so maybe I am missing them?? No matter though; this piece is looking smashing!

Gary Keimig said...

It isn't finished yet Sherry but is at bottom of the dark brown area near the middle of the painting. It is probably easier to see if you click on the image which will blow up the image size.

Lynda Schumacher said...

You continue to achieve such nice textures in this piece, Gary. I'm enjoying watching it progress.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks for the tip about not working the new layers of paint, Gary. I am working on a large, Southwestern gouache painting on illustration board and have made huge mud puddles everywhere it seems. Now, I know what I did wrong. I am used to glazing with transparent watercolors and that just hasn't worked with the gouache. Live and learn!

DEB said...

Beautiful! I've become a mixed media artist in the last year or so...When I encounter those situations as you describe that call for dry brushing, I pull out my colored pencils - whether I'm working in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, even oil. I'm finding I love the effect you get when combining the texture and color of the two media. Great start to this landscape Gary!

Karen Bruson said...

Gary,
It's looking great. I especially love the purple shadow right in the bottom front.

sharon said...

Wow! Beautiful work! I would have thought it was a photograph if I didn't see it half finished like this. I love your landscapes. I'm not a landscape painter, but would love to try my hand at it.