Our spring-break this year was a wonderful, southern caribbean cruise. I knew there would be lots of subjects I’d like painting, but not a lot of time and bringing oil paints was not practical for going on and off a cruise ship. I don’t have much experience with gouache, so I thought this was a good opportunity. An opaque form of watercolor, it allows you to rework and paint over areas.
Here’s some of what I did. I used a 7" x 10" watercolor pad. Each of these took about a half hour.
Palm studies and a view from the deck of Fort de France bay on Martinique.
It's easy to get out of the habit of posting when you are busy. Busy with work (I’m still a part-time graphic designer), family, travel, and all of the other necessities of life.
I have been painting a lot though. Large paintings, studies, and finishing past starts. Here’s a study for a commission I’m about to begin of the Michigan shore and plein air start from last summer that I couldn’t complete at the time because of an impending storm.