While my husband drove I decided to do a value sketch of the beautiful monsoon clouds. I can handle clouds if they're simple but these lofty, deep summer clouds always elude me. I hoped to learn from them by drawing them. I took my 'notes' with my pencil, then decided to try them with gouache used semi-transparent on the adjacent page. (Forgive the sad photography. I'm using my phone..) Meh. They turned out to be nothing special. And, phthalo blue + burnt sienna makes a dirty green in gouache instead of the subtle violet they make in transparent watercolor, who knew?
Going for broke I figured I'd make the paint opaque. I have to stop being afraid of these stupid paints sometime and learn them. Le sigh. I don't have anything fantastic to blog about tonight. I don't even have something to share that I've learned, well except that gouache isn't for the faint of heart. They are, however, smooth and creamy when mixed with white and might make some cool looking stuff. One of these days. (Possibly in someone else's hands) This just isn't that day.
Thanks for stopping by! Alice