Sunday, December 06, 2009

Gouache sketch, plus...


Neighbours' Washing
Gouache on Clairefontaine brown kraft paper

If you visit on Sunday night you are probably going to be offered leftovers. That's what this post is ... leftovers from a few days of experimenting.

That's a new Clairefontaine sketchbook above - I like the colour but it is very thin and the paint is inclined to collect on the ridges of the paper.

Another experiment - Pigma Micron 005 pen with watercolour wash on rough CP paper. It's a corner of my favourite Piazza in Florence, where I'm going to stay next weekend. So you could call this one Practice.


Hydrangea - Monotype
- Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble pastels on Japanese Ho Sho paper

Monotype - oil paint on Fabriano white paper

So, who said I have too many art supplies?!

24 comments:

Joan said...

I'm glad to see you using so many of your art supplies!! These are super...especially the monotype. I love the sense of movement and the color in it. Have a great time in Florence! Ciao!!

caseytoussaint said...

One more impressive than the next - but I'm in love with the gouache! Beautiful work, Robyn.

africantapestry said...

Good idea - sundays for experimenting! I love that gouache! you make me want to get closer to my gouache, but I know once I take them up, i will get fearful again....and I LOVE gouahce work! Great Sunday leftovers!
Ronelle

Stacy said...

The gouache is also my favorite. You did such a great job capturing the feeling of bright sunlight! And as for art supplies, I strongly believe one can never have too many!!

Casey Klahn said...

Wonderful works, both here and Thursday.

Sherrie Y said...

My goodness! I get out of the loop for a few days and you go on a production spree! Fabulous and fun, all of it!

Lindsay said...

I LOVE the gouasch one very much. Can you please tell me what book you are working in? I like that toned paper alot.

Robyn said...

Thank you all :)

Lindsay - I tried to find a link on the web for this Clairefontaine spiral-bound book. Nothing! It is labelled Papier Kraft 90 gms (very thin) and has 60 sheets of14.8cm x 21cms with a black cardboard cover with a little window in it. I've been searching for months for a sketchbook with brown paper and this is the first I've found - it will buckle with too much water though. It looks exactly like good old fashioned wrapping paper. Probably ideal for coloured pencil or pen - of course I wanted it for Gouache. I recently found a couple of other A4 size tinted recycled paper books which I think will be ideal for gouache. haven't got around to trying them yet.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Very brave experiment to put gouache onto 'kraft' paper - great result and such fun trolling through all the other media 'practices'. Have fun in Florence... you lucky lady.

Tgramberg said...

I really enjoy that "experiment" of the florence plaza. These shouldn't be experiments as much as they are your artistic eye!

Caroline said...

Such delectable left overs!! I too have a hoard of supplies and love trying out new techniques, though sometimes I feel like a jack of all trades... I really like your gouache on the brown paper - coincidentally I was just yesterday thinking about buying something similar - a Daler Rowney sketchbook I think!

Robyn said...

Caroline - thanks :) I just looked up the DR Earthbound sketchbooks - exactly what I've been searching for. Not in Italy as far as I can see - I need a trip to London.

Hi Travis - That sketch was inspired by some of the architecture sketches I saw at your show here in CF. How are you going - any art happening?

Joan - Thank you, but I don't think I've ever done anything 'brave' with art. That's my problem, I'm afraid.

Dana Cochran said...

Robyn, your 'leftovers' are delightful! ...and one can never have too many art supplies!! This makes me want to pull out my gouache. I have searched high and low and cannot find this sketchbook anywhere. I have wanted one with kraft paper for so long and immediately started looking online for the one you got ~ and nothing. ;(
Have a great week. Hope to see more Sunday leftovers soon. :)

Pat said...

Hi, I'm taking time and using a borrowed computer to check in on what you have been up to. It looks like you have been very productive. Love everything you have done and the way you have pushed yourself in all directions. Have a great Holiday.
Hugs
pat

EH said...

Very nice works, Robyn. I always like your choices of colors. I am impressed how you depict difficult forms in your monotype prints too!
We love Florence, I hope you have a great holiday there!

Robyn said...

Thanks Dana. I think the Daler Rowney brown kraft book sounds the best option. You can find those on line.

Pat - thank you:) Hoping you are going to bring back some sketches from your trip too.

Martin - Many thanks. I still haven't achieved what I would like with monotypes.

I never get over the excitement of going to Florence. This time it's just two days with a visit to a favourite restaurant.

cathsheard said...

There is *no* such things as too many art supplies. Love the gouache, and the heron.

Suma CM said...

Fabulous experiments! I love the look of colors on kraft paper.

Gary said...

I love your experiments. Nice range of materials. I'm fascinated with your monotypes - are they waterbased inks? Further experiments might include comining these techniques - gouache over monotype, etc. Lovely work. Have a great time in Florence.

Robyn said...

Thanks everyone :)

Gary - I usually use oil based inks for all my prints but for these monotypes I've been experimenting with oil paints thinned with stand oil. I'm not very adventurous with mixed media - I will certainly try some oil pastels on monoprints in the near future and yes, maybe even gouache.

Florence was gorgeous but sadly too cold for sketching.

quirkyartist said...

I just LOVE the Florence one - the way you've gone SWOOSH with the ochre and violet. Amazing.

Leslie Hawes said...

Love the Neighbor's Washing painting.

LivesArt said...

Very, very nice works!

LivesArt said...

Very, very nice works!

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