away i went to the park yesterday and today. the roses were lush. petals raining down as i walked under the arbor. i sketched a lot of roses standing up. using whatever pen i had in my bag which happened to be an old uniball rollerball. nice and smooth, but not waterproof. no matter. i want to make some gouache and watercolor studies in my big book.
stood across from the group doing tai chi and did my best to capture them in motion.
my gouache experiment is complete. adding the gum arabic has kept most of the colors juicy. crumbly paint in the palatte is what i'm trying to avoid. there was still some cracking, but no loose bits rumbling around like in my old palette. i enjoyed mixing up some of my own favorite shades. i haven't actually painted anything yet, but when i made the color swatches there was no sheen. i like the matte finish of gouache. a quick spray of water into the palette and the paint is creamy.
i added a pocket to the last page in my new illustrated journal (the big book). a good place to store reference material!
hope you're drawing, painting, playing, and living up a storm. keep me posted. i like to know what kind of creative havoc you're wreaking in your neck of the woods!