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Original Creation

Evergreens and Lavender at Dawn

parksd02 14 Feb 2021

This work is a gouache painting on watercolor paper. I had a lot of fun, but it was a three hour tour. Evergreens come off a lot easier with a fan brush than they did here! 😊 I highly recommend this medium. You have more control than with watercolors and they have an opaqueness that seems richer than with acrylics. And, clean up is a cinch.



Like it. The contrast between the background and the foreground is very effective

Thanks Colin.

Gorgeous! I love all the soft little highlights, you have a really cool style!

Stunning! So much depth and wonderful colors

So many trees, they’re so happy too. I think my screens quite dark as I’m not seeing the lavender contract coming through so much, I love your subject matter though and representation, beautiful!

@Mrs C. No, it's not you. It's my phone/camera. It looks a few values darker than it is. Thank you, though!

I've been wanting to try gouache! I need to order some on Amazon at some point :)
Your painting looks amazing! Even more beautiful than the photo.

Aw, thanks. And do try the medium. It's very rewarding.

Great job! This looks quite a lot like the photo.

Wow! It is a wonderful painting! Did you use normal or acrylic gouache? I like that medium too. It easy to handle and clean. There are some tricks too. But I figured many of them on 5th painting.

@Sunnylady. Hi there. I hope you are doing well. I used normal gouache, on cold pressed watercolor paper. It was quite the challenge. It took me longer to knock this one out than an oil painting.

Yeah, they certainly need more control than oil and no scraping off. My A4 on average was taking 1.5- 2 hours. They look simpler than yours though. Sometimes I had to dry, sometimes I had to be more careful, sometimes colors were drying on the plate. But who cares about time, process this what matters. It is a great learning curve. How big is your paper size?

@Sunnylady. I use 9x12 Strathmore or Canson cold pressed watercolor paper. I typically offer these on eBay and I find that size is economical for shipping costs.

Thanks for the info!

Congrats with getting to the top 3 submissions! It is lovely painting and media is incredibly interesting!

Congrats on getting top 3 submission! I voted for you but I can’t believe I forgot to comment earlier. Wonderful job on creating a feel of distance and great highlights on the trees!

Thank you, and congratulations as well! Your work is absolutely amazing.

Wow, great job - looks beautiful. Makes me wish I as in the mountains looking at it now.

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