CALIFORNIA: Gouache Studies
Hectic days for the past month or so. Been very busy with house remodeling and have had very little time to post or paint. I think about it everyday though and I’m constantly studying the light.
This collection is from our trip in April to San Francisco, San Quentin, Monterey and Carmel’s Point Lobos State Nature Reserve. Aside from the stinky seals and pesky poison oak, it’s a painting wonderland of riches all the way down to Big Sur. I was only able to paint once or if I was lucky twice a day. The air was dryer and the paints dried fast.
It was a mix of cold wind and warm sun throughout, so it was always hard to judge what right clothing to wear. Luckily I was prepared for most of it.
I think my favorite area was Carmel. There was a lot of bio-diversity there as well as the stretch down the 101 to Big Sur. Could have stayed there for another week easily.
I worked in gouache and watercolor but was having more luck with the gouache. Sometimes it takes me a few pieces to get my feet back under me.
Even still, I didn’t spend anymore than an hour on most of these. Except for a few of the more complicated pieces. Can’t wait to get back at it after all this house stuff is done.